Arianna Huffington Net Worth & Biography




Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is a co-founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from the University of Cambridge where she earned a B.A. in economics.

At age 21, she became president of the university’s debating society, The Cambridge Union. Huffington serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, and Global Citizen. Her last two books Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, both became instant international bestsellers. As of , Arianna Huffington has an estimated net worth of about $110M.

At a Glance

Full name: Ariadnē-Anna Stasinopoulou, Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington

Other names: Arianna Huffington

Birthday: July 15, 1950


Net worth: $110M

Occupation: Author, Journalist, Editor, Writer, Businesswomen, Politician.

Nationality: Hellenic Republic Greece, United States of America.

Net Worth

Huffington, the former wife of Republican congressman Michael Huffington, co-founded The Huffington Post, which is now owned by Verizon Media. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which, in the late-1990s, she offered liberal points of view in public, while remaining involved in business endeavors. In 2009, Huffington was No. 12 in Forbes first-ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media. As of , Arianna Huffington has an estimated net worth of about $110M.

She has also moved up to No. 42 in The Guardian's Top 100 in Media List. As of 2014, she is listed by Forbes as the 52nd Most Powerful Woman in the World. In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, and made Huffington the President and Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties including AOL Music, Engadget, Patch Media, and StyleList.

Early Life

Huffington was born Ariadnē-Anna Stasinopoúlou (Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου) in Athens, Greece, in 1950, the daughter of Konstantinos (a journalist and management consultant) and Elli (née Georgiadi) Stasinopoulou, and is the sister of Agapi (an author, speaker, and performer).

She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 16 and studied economics at Girton College, Cambridge, where she was the first foreign, and third female president of the Cambridge Union. She studied abroad in India, and told IANS in an email interview

"India has long held a special place in my heart, from the time I went to study comparative religion at Visva-Bharati University".

In 1971, Huffington appeared in an edition of Face the Music along with Bernard Levin. A relationship developed, of which she wrote, after his death:

"He wasn't just the big love of my life, he was a mentor as a writer and a role model as a thinker."

The two traveled to music festivals around the world for the BBC. They spent summers patronizing three-star restaurants in France. At the age of 30, she remained deeply in love with him but longed to have children; Levin never wanted to marry or have children.

Huffington concluded that she had to break away and moved to New York in 1980. From March to April 1980, Huffington joined Bob Langley as the co-host of BBC1's late-night talk and entertainment show Saturday Night at the Mill, appearing in just 5 editions before being dropped from the program.

Favorite Arianna Huffington Quotes

“Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life.” – Arianna Huffington
“Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.” – Arianna Huffington
“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington
“But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.” – Arianna Huffington
“Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.” – Arianna Huffington


In 1973, Arianna (as Stasinopoúlou) wrote a book titled The Female Woman, attacking the Women's Liberation movement in general and Germaine Greer's 1970 The Female Eunuch in particular.

In the late 1980s, Huffington wrote several articles for National Review. In 1981, she wrote a biography of Maria Callas, Maria Callas – The Woman Behind the Legend, and in 1989, a biography of Pablo Picasso, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer.

Huffington rose to national U.S. prominence during the unsuccessful Senate bid in 1994 by her then-husband, Michael Huffington.

Huffington described herself by side-stepping the traditional party divide, saying "the right-left divisions are so outdated now. For me, the primary division is between people who are aware of what I call 'the two nations' (rich and poor), and those who are not."

Huffington, of Greek background, opposed the NATO intervention in Serbia during the Yugoslav Wars which appeared at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles at Patriotic Hall.

Huffington headed The Detroit Project, a public interest group lobbying automakers to start producing cars running on alternative fuels. The project's 2003 TV ads, which equated driving sport utility vehicles to funding terrorism, proved to be particularly controversial, with some stations refusing to run them.

Huffington serves on the board of directors of the Berggruen Institute, the Center for Public Integrity, Uber, and Onex Corporation.

She is also a One Young World Counsellor, speaking to delegates at summits in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2013 and Dublin, Ireland, in 2014. She spoke about her "third metric" for success and the value of youth leadership.

On May 22, 2016, she gave the commencement address and received an honorary degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Also in 2016, she was named to Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.

The Huffington Post

In 2005, Huffington founded The Huffington Post (now known as HuffPost) with Andrew Breitbart, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. It was launched on May 9, 2005, as a commentary outlet, blog, and an alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report.

The site historically published work from both paid staff writers and reporters and unpaid bloggers. In February 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.

In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize. In 2016, Huffington officially departed from The Huffington Post.

Thrive Global

In 2016 Huffington stepped down from her positions at AOL and Huffington Post to launch her new enterprise, Thrive Global, which offers science-based solutions to end stress and burnout.

Meditative Story Podcast — In August 2019, Thrive Global launched the podcast Meditative Story in partnership with WaitWhat — a media company led by former TED executives June Cohen and Deron Triff.

The podcast combines first-person stories with meditation prompts and original music to create a mindfulness experience in audio. Variety has described it as “part first-person narrative podcast and part guided meditation.” Forbes has described it as "a completely new kind of listening experience that blends intimate first-person stories with mindfulness prompts, enveloped in beautiful music composition."

Huffington described Meditative Story as "a response to a deep cultural need in our hyper sped up world to have a moment to recharge. The podcast is a tool-set for wellness combining intimate storytelling, that we’re all hardwired to respond to, plus moments of reflection."

The podcast's first season featured stories from Krista Tippett (host of the radio show On Being), NPR Host Peter Sagal, travel writer Pico Iyer, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, Beautycon Media's Moj Mahdara, actor Josh Radnor, and astronomer Michelle Thaller, among others.

Thrive Global Podcast — In 2017, Thrive Global launched a podcast with iHeart Radio featuring Huffington as host. Guests have included actor Jennifer Aniston, entrepreneur Mark Cuban, singer Katy Perry, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, TV journalist Katie Couric, and writer Malcolm Gladwell, among others.