Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

American entrepreneur, one of the founders of the social network Facebook
Date of Birth: 26.11.1983
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Chris Hughes
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes, an American entrepreneur, is one of the co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Along with Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin, Hughes played a significant role in establishing the world's largest social network.

Chris Hughes

Early Life and Education

Chris Hughes was born on November 26, 1983, in Hickory, North Carolina. He grew up in a household with his father Arlen 'Ray' Hughes, who worked as a paper salesman, and his mother Brenda Hughes, who was a school teacher. Hughes was raised in the evangelical Lutheran church. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature.

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In 2008, Hughes was involved in the development of Barack Obama's social networking website during the presidential campaign. He gained recognition when he was featured as the main character in the April issue of the business magazine 'Fast Company' in 2009. The article titled 'The Boy Who Made Obama President: How Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes Unleashed Barack – and Changed Politics and Marketing Forever' highlighted his role in launching Obama's political base.

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In March 2009, Hughes started working at the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also served as the executive director of the non-profit social organization network 'Jumo', which he founded in 2010. Jumo aimed to connect people with opportunities to help the world.

In July 2010, Hughes was appointed as one of the seventeen members of the 'High-Level Commission' by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The commission consisted of prominent politicians, businessmen, human rights activists, and scientists and was responsible for promoting effective HIV prevention programs.

Hughes is an invited participant of the Bilderberg Group and attended the Swiss Bilderberg Conference in 2011 at the Suvretta hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

In March 2012, Chris Hughes acquired a majority stake in 'The New Republic' magazine. He planned to become the publisher and editor-in-chief, while Richard Just would remain as a senior editor.

Personal Life

Chris Hughes is openly gay. In 2009, he attended the first presidential dinner of Barack Obama with his boyfriend Sean Eldridge, who is an investor, politician, and senior advisor to the organization 'Freedom to Marry'. Hughes and Eldridge announced their engagement in January 2011 at a reception held in support of 'Freedom to Marry', known for its campaigns for marriage equality in the United States. They got married on June 30, 2012.

In the biographical film 'The Social Network' directed by David Fincher, which depicts the creation of Facebook, the role of Chris Hughes was portrayed by Patrick Mapel.