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Arianna Huffington was born on July 15, 1950 with the Greek name, Αριάννα Στασινοπούλου. She is known for creating her own news casting website, The Huffington Post and being the ex-wife of former Republican Congressman Michael Huffington.
In 1973, Arianna wrote a book entitled, The Female Woman, attacking the Women’s Liberation movement in general and also Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch. In the late 1980s, Huffington wrote several articles for the 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.
Arianna Huffington was also a panelist on the weekly BBC Radio 4 program, called Any Questions, and the BBC television panel games, Call My Bluff and Face the Music. She was the co-host of the late night chat show Saturday Night at the Mill for a month before the viewers complained and wanted her off the show.
In 1985, Arianna Huffington met Michael Huffington. The couple was married a year later, on April 12, 1986. Later on, the couple established a residency located in Santa Barbara, California. Michael Huffington ran for Senator in the year 1992 as a Republican in the United States’ House of Representatives. He won by a significant margin. Arianna Huffington helped and campaigned for her husband, courting religious conservatives, and debating for smaller government and a reduction in welfare.
In 1994, Michael Huffington almost lost the race for the United States seat at Senate to Dianne Feinstein. Michael and Arianna divorced in 1997. They have two daughters, Christina Sophia Huffington born May 1, 1989 and Isabella Diana Huffington born on May 15, 1991.
Arianna was initially a liberal democrat. She later became a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which she adopted liberal political beliefs in the late 1990s. Arianna became an American citizen in 1990. In 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for Governor in the state of California, for reelection. She described her candidacy against front runner Arnold Schwarzenegger as “the hybrid versus the Hummer,” referring to her ownership of a hybrid vehicle, a Toyota Prius, and Schwarzenegger’s Hummer.
In 2009, Huffington was named number 12 in Forbes’ first-ever list of the Most Influential Women in Media. She has also moved up to number 42 in The Guardian’s Top 100 in Media List.
In 2011, America Online bought The Huffington Post for $315 million. Arianna Huffington’s net worth is currently at $115 million.