Chris Hughes

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Chris Hughes
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Born (1983-11-26) November 26, 1983 (age 30)
Hickory, North Carolina
Education Harvard University (B.A., 2006) [1]
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Co-founder of Facebook
Net worth Increase US$850 million (November, 2013)
Political party
Spouse(s) Sean Eldridge

Chris Hughes (born (1983-11-26)November 26, 1983)[2] 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[edit]

Hughes grew up in Hickory, North Carolina,[3] as the only child of Arlen "Ray" Hughes, a paper salesman, and Brenda Hughes, a public-school teacher.[4] He was raised as an evangelical Lutheran.[5] He is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.[4]

Contributions to Facebook[edit]

During his freshman year at Harvard, Hughes met and was unofficially recruited by Zuckerberg, who at the time was still working in the early stages of Facebook. For the next two years, Hughes was unofficially responsible for beta testing and product suggestions. It was Hughes's idea to open Facebook to other schools, which eventually lead to opening Facebook to the outside world. As a result of that, Hughes became the de facto Facebook spokesperson.

In 2004, Hughes, Zuckerberg and Moskovitz travelled to Palo Alto during their summer break. After the summer break, while Zuckerberg and Moskovitz decided to remain in Palo Alto, Hughes decided to return to Harvard to continue his studies.[6]

In 2006, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature.[1] He then relocated to Palo Alto to rejoin Zuckerberg and Moskovitz and became involved in Facebook again.

In 2007, he left Facebook to take up a role with the Obama campaign.


Hughes was the coordinator of online organizing for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on, the campaign's online social networking website.[7] 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.[8]

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".[9][10] 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."[11]

He is also an invitee of the Bilderberg Group and attended the Swiss 2011 Bilderberg conference at the Suvretta House in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[12]

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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes is openly gay[4][14] and in 2009 attended President Barack Obama's first state dinner with his (now) husband Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry.[15] Hughes and Eldridge announced their engagement in January 2011 at a reception in support of Freedom to Marry. They married on June 30, 2012.[16] The couple bought a $2 million residence in New York's 19th congressional district with the reported purpose of permitting Eldridge to run for the Congressional seat there.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Facebook Founders Bios". Facebook. 
  2. ^ "Chris Hughes profile". CrunchBase. 
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian (July 7, 2008). "The Facebooker Who Friended Obama". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b c McGirt, Ellen (April 1, 2009). "How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign". Fast Company. 
  5. ^ Holson, Laura M. (May 4, 2012). "Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge Are the New Power Brokers". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ McGirt, Ellen (2009-04-01). "How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook And The Barack Obama Campaign". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ "My Barack Obama". Obama for America. 
  8. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (March 17, 2009). "After Facebook And The Obama Campaign, Chris Hughes Takes a Post At General Catalyst". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ McGirt, Ellen (March 18, 2010). "Facebook Chris Hughes's". Fast Company. 
  10. ^ Wortham, Jenna (November 30, 2010). "A Facebook Founder Begins a Social Network Focused on Charities". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ "Top world personalities join UNAIDS' High Level Commission to bring about a prevention revolution". UNAIDS TODAY. July 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bilderberg 2011 list of participants". Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ "New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Kim, Ryan James (October 25, 2005). "Out on Facebook". The Advocate. p. 44. 
  15. ^ "A Place at the State Dinner Table". The Advocate. November 24, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Forty Under 40". The Advocate. May 2011. 
  17. ^ Raymond Hernandez,"Young, Rich and Relocating to Hudson Valley in Hunt for Political Office", New York, 1-10-13.

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