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Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington – Life

Arianna Huffington has made headlines, and written them too.  She was born 15 July 1950 in Athens, Greece. Her career has spanned from syndicated journalism, to a bid for governor of California. In 2005 she co-founded the website The Huffington Post, a massive news aggregation site. She went on to sell the company to AOL for over $300 million. Forbes has listed Arianna Huffington among the most powerful and influential women alive.

She was married to Michael Huffington in 1986, and the couple had two children. In 1990 she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Arianna Huffington’s fame swelled during her husband’s unsuccessful campaign in 1994 for the U.S. Senate, where she became known for her conservative political views. Her ideology changed around the turn of the century and she has since become deeply rooted in liberal U.S. politics.

Click the image to learn more about Arianna Huffington’s 2014 memoir.

Arianna Huffington and her husband divorced in 1997.

Arianna Huffington – Work

Arianna Huffington is best known as the editor-in-chief for The Huffington Post. Under her direction the site earned both a Peabody Award in 2010, and a Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

In addition to her work as a syndicated columnist Huffington has published more than a dozen books. She has written biographies, one of Pablo Picasso, and political commentaries. She also wrote a book on Greek mythology, exploring the history of her heritage. Huffington published a memoir in 2014 titled Thrive.

She was nominated for an Emmy award for her writing contributions to the show Politically Incorrect.

Over the years Arianna Huffington has appeared on a number of political punditry shows and programmes, including the radio show “Left, Right & Center.” She has also headed political activism campaigns and lobby groups such as The Detroit Project, trying to get American automakers to invest in vehicles that run on alternative fuel. She is a popular panelist and speaker at liberal political conventions.

Arianna Huffington’s Campaign for Governor

In 2003 Arianna Huffington ran on the Independent ticket for governor of California against the actor-turned- politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. She presented an interesting foil to the conservative Schwarzenegger, and captured the media’s attention. Huffington exhibited her intellect and tenacity during the election’s debate, drawing from her experience in The Cambridge Union debate society.

Huffington eventually dropped out of the running, opting instead to endorse the incumbent governor Gray Davis.

Arianna Huffington at Cambridge

Arianna Huffington moved to the U.K. when she was sixteen. She studied economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge, and received her master’s degree there. While studying in Cambridge she became the president of the world-famous debate society, The Cambridge Union. She was the third woman to attain the distinguished position, and the first foreigner ever to do so.

Girton College

Girton College, Arianna Huffington’s Alma Mater. Photo by Rodney Bruton.

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