The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list was restructured this year as Forbes reexamined the meaning of power. Historically power has been linked with title and wealth levels. Now in a world heavily dominated by the internet and social networks, a woman doesn’t necessarily have to be rich or distinguished to have a huge following. Females were chosen from political, media, business, lifestyle and entertainment sectors.
Arianna Huffington was born in Athens with the original surname of Stassinopoulou (Στασινοπουλου). At sixteen, Huffington moved to England to attend Girton College at Cambridge University where she received an M.A. in economics. At twenty-one, she became president of the famous debating society the Cambridge Union.
Huffington is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Huffington Post. Launched in 2005, the Huffington Post is an extremely popular news and blog site and has one of the highest hits on the internet daily regarding readership, links and cited media brands. She is the co-host of public radio’s popular political roundtable show “Left, Right & Center”. Huffington has appeared on many TV shows including: “Oprah”, “The O’Reilly Factor”, “Nightline”, “Good Morning America”, “Today”, “Charlie Rose”, “Larry King Live”, “Real Time with Bill Maher”, “Hardball”, “Countdown”, and “Inside Politics”. Additionally she has authored thirteen books and is a nationally syndicated columnist.
Of Huffington’s thirteen books, two center on Hellenism. Published in 1981, “The Women Behind the Legend” is a biography on musical great Maria Callas. It quickly became an international bestseller. “The Gods of Greece” commends the power of myths as leaders to forgotten dimensions of our inner selves and life. Two of her books are on the subject of women. “The Female Women” explores the evolving roles of women and has been translated into eleven languages. Huffington’s book “On Becoming Fearless …in Love, Work and Life” offers a complete guide for acquiring fearlessness in every aspect of life.
Arianna Huffington resides in Los Angeles, CA with her two teenage daughters. She serves on several boards whose mission is to encourage community solutions for social challenges, such as “A Place Called Home”. “A Place Called Home” works with at risk youth in South Central LA.
Time Magazine included Huffington in their 2006 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. On October 17th, Arianna Huffington is scheduled to headline the Greek America Foundation’s Womens Forum in Battery Gardens, New York City.
To view Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list, please visit: http://www.forbes.com/wealth/power-women/list
To view the Huffington Post, please visit: http://huffingtonpost.com