She’s out! Arianna Huffington announced that she’s leaving her position at the ‘Huffington Post’ 11 years after helping launch the digital news outlet — and she’s ditching her company to launch a brand new one!
Arianna will now work on a startup called Thrive Global, which focuses on health and wellness issues, and is expectd to launch after November’s election. She hasn’t announced her official last day yet, but expects it will happen within the next two or three weeks, so someone can transition into her role.
“When I decided to create Thrive Global, I thought it would be possible to build a startup and continue as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.,” Arianna Huffington, 66, explained after announcing she’d be leaving. “Today it’s clear that was an illusion. As Thrive Global moved from an idea to a reality, with investors, staff and offices, it became clear to me that I simply couldn’t do justice to both companies.”
As for why she’s decided not to stay on at the company in another position, she explained, “I have been running Huffington Post for 11 years and I couldn’t imagine having another relationship with it.” However, she has made it clear that she is confident in her website’s future.
Arianna founded Huffington Post with Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti in May 2005. Before working on the website, she ran Ariannaonline.com, and rose to prominence by running as an independent candidate for governor in California’s recall election in 2003. She’s also written several books, including, most recently, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, earlier this year.
As for Thrive Global, Arianna said she is excited to take a big step to “transform the way we work and live.” “Change is desperately needed if another generation is to avoid the burnout that all too often comes with success today,” she revealed. “That’s why I’m filled with excitement at the prospect of devoting the rest of my life to accelerating the culture shift away from merely surviving and succeeding to thriving.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Arianna is leaving Huffington Post? Do you think it’s a good decision?