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Arianna Huffington is a prolific author and international media mogul who started the award-winning news platform The Huffington Post.
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Born on July 15, 1950, in Athens, Greece, Arianna Huffington went on to study economics at the University of Cambridge, eventually moving to the United States. She was a conservative commentator before switching to liberal politics, and started the web site The Huffington Post in 2005, which has gone on to become a huge online news platform. Huffington is also the author of more than a dozen books.
"I still feel like my mother's daughter. She had that Greek tribal sense. Whoever would come into the house, whether it was the FedEx man or the father of a play date, she would bring them into the kitchen and force food on them. I'm the same."
"The world needs women to redefine success beyond money and power. We need a third metric, based on our well-being, our health, our ability to unplug and recharge and renew ourselves, and to find joy in both our job and the rest of our life."
"For far too long, men have equated success with working around the clock, driving yourself into the ground ... Women need to lead the way to change that—both for their sake and for the sake of successful men who desperately need to learn how to lean back."
"I feel very blessed to have had so many incarnations. It feels like I've lived many lives in one and it makes it easier to know for sure that The Huffington Post is my last act."
Arianna Huffington was born Arianna Stassinopoulus in Athens, Greece, on July 15, 1950. She moved to Great Britain during her teens to study at the University of Cambridge, where she earned her master's in economics and became president of its famed debate organization, the Cambridge Union. She set up shop in London, England, for a time and pursued writing. In 1974, with Random House, she published her first book, The Female Woman, which looked at and critiqued certain trends in women's liberation movements. She followed with the political-oriented work After Reason in 1980.
Stassinopoulus moved to the United States in 1980 after a stalled romance in London with writer Bernard Levin. The following year, she released an acclaimed biography on one of the world's opera greats, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend. In 1983, she was able to plumb her ethnic roots with the work The Gods of Greece, which looked at the importance of ancient myths, and by the end of the decade had also released a biography on Picasso.
In 1986, Stassinopoulis wed Michael Huffington, a secretary within the Department of Defense, and the couple had two children. Michael Huffington earned a seat as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1993 and '95, and Arianna aided him in his Senate campaign, though he lost. The two would divorce in 1997.
Huffington was initially known for her conservative political views and commentary, with major television appearances to support her views. But she eventually began to embrace more progressive platforms, including ecological activism and corporate reform.
In 2003, Huffington ran on the Independent ticket against Arnold Schwarzenegger for the California governorship, but withdrew from campaigning to throw her support behind thwarting the recall vote. That same year, she had a New York Times best-seller: Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America.
In 2005, Huffington launched the online site The Huffington Post, co-founding the platform with Kenneth Lerer and becoming its editor-in-chief. The site was initially known for its blogging, liberal punditry and news aggregation; over the years, it has grown to cover a wide range of media categories.
Huffington continued to write books as well. In 2007, she released On Becoming Fearless ... in Love, Work, and Life, which would later become the inspiration for a 2013 Huffington Post blog series.
In 2011, Huffington sold the site to AOL for more than $300 million, and she subsequently became president and editor-in-chief of the company's Huffington Post Media Group. Huffington Post writer David Wood won the site a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and corresponding international editions have been created in Canada, Great Britain, France and Spain.
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