Chris Anderson (entrepreneur)

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Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson 2007 (cropped).jpg
Anderson in 2007
Born 1957
Alma mater Oxford University
Occupation journalist, publisher
Known for Curator of TED Talks
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Novogratz; 2 daughters (and one deceased)

Chris Anderson (born 1957) is a British entrepreneur and the curator of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which hosts conferences in North America and Europe each year and an open-access website where TED talks can be viewed by the public. Previously he founded Future Publishing.

Life and career[edit]

Anderson was born in Pakistan, one of three children.[1] His parents were medical missionaries, and he spent most of his early life in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. He studied at the Woodstock School in the Himalayan mountains of India, before moving to a boarding school in Bath, England.

At Oxford University, he studied physics, then changed to politics, philosophy and economics, to eventually graduate with a degree in philosophy in 1978.[1][2]

Anderson began a career in journalism, working on local newspapers, then producing a world news service in the Seychelles, and later working as an editor first on Personal Computer Games, then on Zzap!64, both early computer magazines.[1]

In 1985, he launched a publishing company Future Publishing (later Future Network and Future Plc) devoted initially to hobbyist computer magazines, He launched the first magazine Amstrad Action from his kitchen table with a £15,000 bank loan. It rapidly grew, expanding into other areas, such as cycling, music, video games, technology, and design. For the next seven years, the fledgling British company doubled its turnover, profit and number of employees every single year. In 1994, Anderson sold the company and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to setup Imagine Media where he continued to launch magazines including Business 2.0. He also created the popular gaming website IGN. Future grew to more than 130 magazines and more than 1,500 employees.[1] He merged Imagine into Future and re-joined it as chairman and the largest private shareholder to IPO the company in 1999. <> </.>


In 2001, Anderson left Future after a collapse in its profits. He paid the UK media company £4m to acquire, through his non-profit foundation, the TED which had been bought by Future from its founder for more than double this in 2000. [3] Under his stewardship, the mission of TED shifted to "ideas worth spreading".[1] As of February 2014, 1,658 talks are available free online.[4]

By January 2009 they had been viewed 50 million times. In June 2011, the viewing figure stood at more than 500 million,[5] and on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide, reflecting a still growing global audience.[6]

Anderson oversaw introduction of the TED Prize, the TED Fellows Program, the TED open translation program, TED-Ed and the TEDx program, allowing hundreds of independently organized TED-like events to be held around the world. Anderson spoke about the power of visual media at TED Global 2010 and its central role in the future of internet-based learning.[citation needed]


Anderson is the father of three daughters: Zoe, Elizabeth and Anna. The eldest, Zoe, died in 2010 aged 24 from carbon monoxide poisoning.[7] Since 2008, he has been married to Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, an organization that pioneered social impact investing. In August 2010, he went to Pakistan with his Novogratz to distribute 300 LifeSaver jerry cans in aid of the flood-stricken in the area.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Profile: Chris Anderson - TED Curator". Speaker Page. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Distinguished Alumni of Woodstock School - 2008 Chris Anderson '74". Woodstock School. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Profile,, May 2015.
  4. ^ "TED Talks List". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Mashable, TED profile
  6. ^ TED reaches its billionth video view!, TED Blog, 13 November 2012; accessed 9 August 2015.
  7. ^ Tribute to daughter 'poisoned by carbon monoxide',, 31 January 2011; accessed 9 August 2015.

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