Who hasn’t heard of Arianna Huffington, she is counted among the world’s greatest business minds who gave the world Huffington Post.
Born in Athens, Greece in 1950, she moved to the UK to study economics at Cambridge University. In 1971, when she was 21, she became the president of the famed Cambridge Union, a debating society. In 1974, she published her first book, The Female Woman with Random House. In 1980, she decided to move to the US and released her second book, After Reason, which was a political piece; the book was rejected 36 times by many major publishers.
In 1986, she married Michael Huffington who was a secretary within the U.S. Department of Defense and in 2005; she started the popular website The Huffington Post. In 2007, she fainted at her desk due to overworking herself and woke up to a pool of her own blood. In 2011, she bought AOL for $300 million and The Huffington Post became one of the most famous news websites in the world. By 2014, she made Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2016, Left the Huffington Post to start Thrive Global, a health & wellness site. In 2017, she raised more than $30 million in funding for Thrive Global and in 2018; her net worth is valued at over $50 million.