Alexis Ohanian is an American internet entrepreneur, investor, activist as well as a best-selling author who is mostly known for being the co-founder of the social news website called Reddit, co-founding an early stage venture capital firm known as Initialized Capital, for helping to launch travel search website Hipmunk and for starting the social enterprise called Breadpig. In addition to that, Ohanian was also a partner at the Y Combinator and he is also the Executive Chairman of Reddit.
Personal and Family Life
Alexis Ohanian is a son of Armenian-American father Chris Ohanian and an au pair mother Anke Ohanian and he is engaged to tennis player girlfriend Serena Williams.
According to his bio in the wiki, Alexis Ohanian was born on April 24, 1983, in Brooklyn, New York, US. He was born to mother Anke, an au pair girl and father Chris Ohanian an Armenian-American. Alexis Ohanian stands tall at a height of 6 feet and 6 inches.
He attended Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland from where he graduated in 2001. He went to the University of Virginia from where he graduated with a degree in commerce and history in 2005.
Ohanian was engaged to tennis star Serena Williams on December 10, 2016. The couple confirmed that they are expecting a baby however they are not married yet.
Career and Professional Life
Alexis Ohanian is best known as a founder of social news website ‘Reddit’. He has also launched various other programs for the welfare of people.
After graduation, Ohanian and friend Steve Huffman developed the idea of MyMobileMenu to Y Combinator. They brought up the idea of reddit.com after the company suggested coming up with the brilliant idea. He started to work as a member of Reddit Board of directors. He along with co-founder Huffman returned to Reddit full time on July 10, 2015.
Ohanian founded Breadpig, a company that produces a variety of items to plead to Greeks and gives a profit away to charity. He is no longer an active partner of Breadpig.
After the departure from Reddit in 2010, he worked in microfinance as Kiva fellow for three months. He who now serves as an advisor of Hipmunk, a travel search website assisted to launch it in 2010. In June 2010, Ohanian officially announced the establishment of Das Kapital Capital, a company which emphasis on startup investing, consulting and advising. He was also titled as ‘Ambassador of the East’ for ‘Y Combinator’. He worked as both part-time partner and full-time partner before leaving the company in 2016.
In 2010, Ohanian along with Garry Tan founded a venture capital fund named ‘Initialized Capital’. He too made an investment in startups such as Zenefits, Cruise, Instacart, and Open door.
Ohanian collaborated with Erik Martin, Reddit General Manager and begin the internet Bus Tour from Denver, CO to Danville, KY to crusade for an open internet. He was picked number one in the list of top ten most influential activists by The Daily Dot.
He designed mascots for all his companies: Reddit alien ‘Snoo’, Hipmunk chipmunk ‘Chip’, Breadpig pig with bread wings and Initialized Capital honey badger. Ohanian launched a Kickstarter project with the music legend Lester Chambers, lead singer of The Chamber Brothers on 10 December 2012 to put together the album titled ‘Lester’s Time Has Come’. They aim to support the talented singer, artist, and musician with the help of the project.
On October 1, 2013, Alexis Ohanian published a book named ‘Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed’. The book rated four on the Wall Street Journal’s best sellers list.
During summer of 2013, Ohanian hosted a weekly online series titled ‘Small Empires’. He also founded the NYPD Radio podcast on October 15, 2014. Guest such as Tim Ferriss, Cameron Russell, and James Altucher appeared on the show. Ohanian released Reddit’s new podcast titled ‘Upvoted’ on 8 January 2015.
Net Worth and Salary
Alexis Ohanian has earned $9 million net worth from his entrepreneurial business, so far he has not yet revealed his annual salary.
According to celebrity net worth, an internet entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian has a $9 million net worth. He has mostly earned his millions dollar net worth from the various companies that he operates.
Awards and Contribution
Alexis Ohanian is an influential person who has been honored with several titles. He has also used his income on social welfare and contributed a lot to society.
Alexis Ohanian was titled to Forbes “30 Under 30” list as an influential icon in the technology industry for two consecutive years starting 2011. He and Reddit general manager Erik Martin were named as ‘champions of innovation’ in 20th Anniversary issue of Wired in 2013. He was named as Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business’ and was also in Crain’s ’40 Under 40’ list of business in 2015.
Ohanian raised $12,244 for Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization on Tilt.com. He further launched a campaign ‘Save Net Neutrality’ on Tilt.com.