Monday, July 16, 2012

Χρόνια Πολλά και Καλά Arianna Huffington!!!

Arianna Stassinopoulos-Huffington
Global Greek Publisher extraordinaire...

From all of us in this amazing Global Greek World
Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλά, Δημιουργικά και 
πάντα Συναρπαστικά
Να μας ζήσεις!!

Wishing our dynamic Global Greek, Arianna Huffington 
a very Happy Birthday and a successful year ahead on all levels!

Arianna was one of the Global Greek of the Year Nomineees earlier this year

Here's what we wrote about this charismatic lady!

2011 was a great year for Arianna Huffington!

She was named as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential for 2011, an honour she was given once before in 2006,  and sold her Huffington Post to AOL for a record $315 million!

Arianna launched Huffington Post in 2005 as a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

Born Arianna Stassinopoulou in Athens, Greece, Arianna moved to Cambridge, England to study Economics at the age of 16. A gifted debater, Arianna became President of the Cambridge Union, no mean achievement for a person who didn't speak English as a native language at the time.
Ambitious and gifted, Arianna's talent as a writer didn't take long to surface. Although she began writing books in the 1970's it wasn't until 1981, when she wrote a biography of Maria Callas, Maria Callas - The Woman Behind the Legend, a fascinating look at Greece's most famous Diva, that her career as an author took off. She later wrote a second biography, this time on painter Pablo Picasso, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer. Both books were considered controversial by some, but it didn't lessen Arianna's success.

Arianna moved to the USA in 1980 and in 1986 married Michael Huffington, a Republican who narrowly lost a seat in the US House of representatives in 1992, despite Arianna's exhausting campaigning and support. The marriage did not last long but the result, their two beautiful daughters are Arianna's pride and joy. Truly charismatic, a smart and intelligent woman, Arianna quickly became a household name.

Following her divorce, and the gradual change in her political views, in 2003 Arianna unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for Governor of California against Arnold Schwarznegger. 
In 2005 she launched the Huffington Post which became a point of reference for all online media and a highly profitable operation.

Leaping from one success to another, Arianna hasn't looked back and credits part of her success with the Huffington Post to her mother's pivotal influence in her life...
'I get my knack for relationships from my mother. She was incapable of having an impersonal relationship with anybody. The delivery man would arrive at the house, and she'd say, "Sit down; have something to eat." As a result, I find it very easy to connect with people. And that's part of the Huffington Post. I'm bringing in voices -- some well known, some not -- and providing a platform....' from her interview in How I Did It...

In 2011 after selling the Huffington Post to AOL, Arianna stayed on as 
President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. In 2011 she also launched the UK version, and just yesterday the French version, Le HuffPost.

We look forward to the Greek version, in the very near future...

PS We loved your idea of moving Davos to Greece! Behind you all the way!

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