Chris Hughes (born November 26, 1983) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory and networking site Facebook, with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin. He is currently the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, after purchasing the magazine in 2012.
Early life and education 
Hughes grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, as the only child of Arlen "Ray" Hughes, a paper salesman, and Brenda Hughes, a public-school teacher. He was raised as an evangelical Lutheran. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. In 2006 he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature.
Hughes was the coordinator of online organizing for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on My.BarackObama.com, the campaign's online social networking website. He was the subject of an April 2009 cover story in Fast Company magazine under the headline, "The Kid Who Made Obama President; How Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes Unleashed Barack's Base - and Changed Politics and Marketing Forever."
In March 2009, Hughes was named Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, venture-capital firm.
He is the Executive Director of Jumo, a non-profit social network organization which he founded in 2010, which "aims to help people find ways to help the world". In July 2010, UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) appointed him to a 17-member "High Level Commission" of renowned politicians, business leaders, human rights activists, and scientists tasked with spearheading a "social and political action campaign over the coming year aimed at galvanizing support for effective HIV prevention programmes."
He is also an invitee of the Bilderberg Group and attended the Swiss 2011 Bilderberg conference at the Suvretta House in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
In March 2012, he purchased a majority stake in The New Republic Magazine. He is now the publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine.
Personal life 
Hughes is openly gay and in 2009 attended President Barack Obama's first state dinner with his partner Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry. Hughes and Eldridge announced their engagement in January 2011 at a reception in support of Freedom to Marry. They married on June 30, 2012.
Depictions in media 
In the film The Social Network, Chris Hughes is played by actor Patrick Mapel.
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- ^ Stelter, Brian (July 7, 2008). "The Facebooker Who Friended Obama". The New York Times.
- ^ a b c McGirt, Ellen (April 1, 2009). "How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign". Fast Company.
- ^ Holson, Laura M. (May 4, 2012). "Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge Are the New Power Brokers". The New York Times.
- ^ "My Barack Obama". Obama for America.
- ^ Schonfeld, Erick (March 17, 2009). "After Facebook And The Obama Campaign, Chris Hughes Takes a Post At General Catalyst". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
- ^ McGirt, Ellen (March 18, 2010). "Facebook Chris Hughes's Jumo.com". Fast Company.
- ^ Wortham, Jenna (November 30, 2010). "A Facebook Founder Begins a Social Network Focused on Charities". The New York Times.
- ^ "Top world personalities join UNAIDS' High Level Commission to bring about a prevention revolution". UNAIDS TODAY. July 21, 2010.
- ^ "Bilderberg 2011 list of participants". BilderbergMeetings.org. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
- ^ "New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ Kim, Ryan James (October 25, 2005). "Out on Facebook". The Advocate. p. 44.
- ^ "A Place at the State Dinner Table". The Advocate. November 24, 2009.
- ^ "Forty Under 40". The Advocate. May 2011.
Further reading 
- DeWitt, Katie (July 21, 2004). "A Hot New Twist on the Old College Try". BusinessWeek.
- Schatz, Amy (May 26, 2007). "BO, U R So Gr8 — How a Young Tech Entrepreneur Translated Barack Obama into the Idiom of Facebook". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
- Benderoff, Eric (September 23, 2007). "Social Sites Go Political — A Facebook Founder Helps Design Obama's Online Network, and Other Candidates Are Doing What They Can To Add 'Friends'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2011. and photo gallery
- "The Class of 2009: Chris Hughes". Out. 2009.
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