Arianna Huffington was born in Athens, Greece on July 15, 1950. She is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder, and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of several books. She describes herself as a “former right-winger who has evolved into a compassionate and progressive populist.”
Arianna was born in Greece as Ariadni-Anna Stassinopoulos, the daughter of Konstantinos (a journalist and management consultant) and Elli (Georgiadi) Stassinopoulos. She moved to England at the age of sixteen and attended Girton College at Cambridge University where she was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1971 and graduated with an MA in Economics in 1972.
After graduation, she moved to London, working as a columnist, critic, and appearing on a number of TV shows. For much of this time, she lived with literary critic Bernard Levin, whom she had met while the two were panelists on the television show Face the Music. She left Levin in 1980 to move to the United States (partly, she later said, because he refused to marry her). On his death in 2004, she called Levin “The big love of my life.”
She met Michael Huffington at a 1985 party hosted by Ann Getty in San Francisco. She married him in 1986 and they moved to Washington when he was appointed to the Department of Defense. They later established residency in Santa Barbara, California, in order for him to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, which he narrowly won. She divorced him in 1997 after he narrowly lost the 1994 race for the U.S. Senate seat from California to Dianne Feinstein. In a 1999 Esquire article by David Brock, Michael Huffington claimed that his ex-wife “entered the marriage … with full knowledge of his sexual interests in men.”
“The goal of life is not to see what we can make of it,
but what it can make of us.”
Arianna has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.
She serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, and Global Citizen.