Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is best known for her news website The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which, in the 1990s, she became a liberal. She is the former spouse of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington.
In 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for Governor in the California recall election.
In 2009, Huffington was named as 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. As of 2014, she is listed as the 52nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million and made Huffington President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as AOL Music, Engadget, Patch Media, and StyleList.