Arianna Huffington biography
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.
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.
U.S. Move, Books on Callas and Picasso
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.
Runs for Gubernatorial Office
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.
Starts 'The Huffington Post'
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.
Huffington herself has also been recognized in various media outlets, as she's appeared on TIME magazine's 100 list (a collection of the 100 most influential people in the world) and Forbes' special rundown of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women."
Huffington's 13th book, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, was released in 2010.
Pushes Work/Health Balance
Huffington suffered a facial injury in 2007 after fainting in her office due to severe exhaustion and overwork. Since then, she has pushed a platform of individuals maintaining a balance between work, good health and life/enjoyment, and has positioned the work/life balance as an important reform for companies to place at the forefront of their culture.