Chris Hughes is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Andrew McCollum. He is also a co-founder of the economic advocacy organization, Economic Security Project, and a co-chair of the Board of Directors for the social media platform, Reddit.
Born on November 26, 1983, in Hickory, North Carolina, Chris Hughes’ parents are Bill and Brenda Hughes. He has two sisters, Kate and Margaret. He was homeschooled by his parents until high school. He then attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where he met Mark Zuckerberg.
After graduating from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature, Hughes worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as the director of online organizing. Following the campaign, he co-founded Jumo, a social network for non-profit organizations and individuals to connect around causes.
In 2010, Hughes purchased a majority stake in The New Republic, a liberal American magazine. He served as its editor-in-chief until 2016. Under his ownership, the magazine shifted its focus from print to digital and expanded its coverage to include more long-form journalism.
Hughes is a committed philanthropist. In 2012, he and his wife, Elizabeth Weinberg, founded the Economic Security Project, which is dedicated to finding innovative ways to reduce inequality and ensure economic security for all Americans. In 2015, he joined the board of directors of Reddit, a social news and entertainment website.
Hughes is married to Elizabeth Weinberg and they have two children together.