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When the name Arianna Huffington is mentioned, one’s mind is easily cast on her efforts as a television personality but that is not all there is to the super lady as she is also an accomplished author, columnist, a philanthropist, a businesswoman as well as a politician. Besides she is also popular as the ex-spouse of Republican Congressman, Michael Huffington. Arianna is the co-founder of The Huffington Post – the independently liberal online news magazine which was acquired by AOL in 2011.
AOL retained her services as the president cum editor-in-chief of their media group which encompasses their established properties. Arianna stepped down from her position at The Huffington Post in August 2016 to move over to Thrive Global – a brand new set-up with a major interest in health and wellness.
It is also worthy to note that Arianna Huffington has been recognized by Forbes as the 12th most influential women in the media. She has also made the Top 100 media list of the Guardian, sporting the 42nd position and was listed as the 52nd most powerful woman worldwide by Forbes back in 2014.
Who Is Arianna Huffington?
The media personality came into the world on the 15th of July 1950 as Ariadnē-Anna Stasinopoúlou and her place of birth is Athens, Greece which makes her a Greek national. Her dad, Konstantinos, earned a living as a Management Consultant cum Journalist and her mother’s name is Elli Georgiadi Stasinopoulou. Arianna spent her formative years in her country of birth alongside one sibling, a sister named Agapi who grew up to become a speaker, an author, and a performer.
There isn’t much information on her early education but she relocated to the UK at the age of 16 and enrolled at Girton College, Cambridge to study economics. She became part of the debating society of her institution known as the Cambridge Union and made history as the third female student as well as the first foreign student to assume the position of the president of Cambridge Union.
Arianna Huffington eventually graduated from the college in 1972 with a Masters in Economics. Her academic qualifications also include a certificate in Comparative Religion which she studied at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India.
Family Life: Is She Married?
From what we gather, Arianna Huffington first fell in love with Bernard Levin whom she met on the set of Face the Music in
1971 but they had to go their separate ways in 1980 because Bernard was not interested in a marriage neither was he keen on having kids.
She eventually tied the nuptial knot with US politician, Michael Huffington, after a six-month-long relationship. Details of their wedding and married life are not public knowledge but
the duo lived in Santa Barbara, California with their two daughters – Isabella Diana Huffington who was born on the 15th of May 1991 and Christina Sophia Huffington who came on the 1st of May 1989.
Unfortunately, Arianna and Michael’s marriage came to an end in 1997 when Michael disclosed his bisexual status. She has not made any of her romantic dalliances with the opposite sex public ever since and it is possible that she is too busy for a relationship as seen from her career life.
What Is Her Net Worth?
According to CelebrityNetworth, Arianna Huffington is worth a whopping $50 million but her annual income is not public knowledge. However, from her estimated net worth, she must be earning a pretty good sum as her salary.
Other Facts About Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington has been interested in spiritualism all through her life as it is known that during her youth she explored the Rajneesh movement with Bernard Levin, and later became affiliated with Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness by John-Roger Hinkins. Her self help book titled “The Fourth Instinct” outlined her notion that human beings should transcend the three basic instincts of survival to discover their better and higher selves.
Awards & Achievements
In 1997, she was an Emmy nominee under the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program for her efforts on the comedy talk show Politically Incorrect. Furthermore, her publication, The Huffington Post won a Pulitzer Prize which gave Arianna Huffington a pride of place as the first commercially operated digital media enterprise in the United States to receive the award.