Kenneth Lerer

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Kenneth Lerer
Known forVenture capital
SpouseKatherine Sailer

Kenneth Lerer is an American businessman and a media executive. He was the chairman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, an American news website acquired by Aol in 2011.[1] Lerer is also a managing director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and chairman of Betaworks and BuzzFeed.


Lerer is a past Executive Vice President of AOL Time Warner[2] and was a founding partner of New York-based corporate communications firm Robinson, Lerer, and Montgomery.[3]

In January 2010, Lerer and his son began a seed stage venture capital fund, Lerer Hippeau Ventures.[4]

Lerer has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University, where he lectured on the media and American corporations. He served as Chairman of the Public Theater in New York for 10 years, and is now its Chairman Emeritus.[5]

In June 2019, he announced he would step down as chairman of BuzzFeed after ten years at the company.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Lerer is married to interior designer Katherine Sailer.[7]

Ken Lerer has two children. His son, Benjamin, started Thrillist, an online men's lifestyle website, and is also a managing director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures.[citation needed] His daughter, Izzie, is founder and CEO of The Dodo, a digital media company for people who care about animals.[citation needed]

Lerer is one of the minority owners of the New York Mets, holding a 4% stake in the baseball team.[8]


In 2013, Lerer launched to advocate for the continuation of the assault weapons ban as a federal law. He subsequently donated the website to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.[9]


  1. ^ "AOL Agrees To Acquire The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. February 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Grove, Lloyd (February 13, 2011). "Arianna Huffington's Quiet Partner". The Daily Beast.
  3. ^ Elliott, Stuart (March 1, 2000). "The Media Business: Advertising—Addenda; Robinson Lerer To Be Taken Over". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Why Today's New York Tech Scene Looks Nothing Like You'd Expect". 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  5. ^ McKinley, Jesse (June 14, 2005). "The Public Nominates Its New Chairman". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Axios Media Trends".
  7. ^ Indvik, Lauren (September 24, 2013). "Thrillist: From a Simple Newsletter to $80 Million in Revenue". Mashable.
  8. ^ Costa, Brian (March 20, 2012). "Metropolis: Meet the Mets (Minority Owners): Bob Pittman, Kenneth Lerer". The Wall Street Journal (blog).
  9. ^ Tracy, Marc (June 6, 2013). "Can Gun Control Go Viral?". The New Republic.