Chris Hughes’s biography

Chris Hughes is an American entrepreneur and author who co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory and networking site Facebook. He was the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic from 2012 to 2016. Hughes co-founded the Economic Security Project in 2016.

Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes

Quick Facts About Chris Hughes

Celebrated Name Chris Hughes
Age (As of 2023): 39 Years of 2023
Nick Name Chris
Birth Name Christopher Hughes
Birth Date 1983-11-26
Gender Other
Profession Entrepreneur
Place Of Birth Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Father Arlen “Ray” Hughes
Mother Brenda Hughes
Nationality American
Education Phillips Academy, Andover, Harvard University
Educational Qualification Bachelor of Arts in history and literature
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Gay
Spouse Sean Eldridge
Married Date 30 June 2012
Net Worth $500 million (estimated)
Height (1.80 m), 5’11”
Famous For Co-Founder of Facebook
Christopher Hughes, popularly known as Chris Hughes is an American entrepreneur. He co-founded the online social directory and networking site, Facebook with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Andrew McCollum. He also served as spokesman for Facebook. He left Facebook in 2007. He later worked as publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He is now a co-chair of the Economic Security Project.

What is Chris Hughes Famous For?

– Co-Founder of Facebook.

Where was Chris Hughes born?

Chris Hughes was born on 26 November 1983. His birth name is Christopher Hughes. He was born to a father Arlen “Ray” Hughes, and a mother, Brenda Hughes. His birthplace is Hickory, North Carolina in the United States. He holds American nationality. He has no siblings. He grew up in Hickory, North Carolina. He was raised as an evangelical Lutheran. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from Phillips, he enrolled at Harvard University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard in 2006.


During his freshman year at Harvard, Zuckerberg met him and recruited him to his team. At the time, Zuckerberg was still working in the early stages of Facebook.

Hughes was unofficially responsible for beta testing and product suggestions for the next two years.

Hughes was the key driver in developing many of Facebook’s popular features that helped Facebook to grow worldwide.

Hughes became the de facto Facebook spokesman.

Hughes, Zuckerberg, and Moskovitz traveled to Palo Alto during their summer break in 2004. Zuckerberg and Moskovitz decided to remain there after the summer break. However, Hughes returned to Harvard to continue his studies.

He graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature in 2006.

After graduating from Harvard, he relocated to Palo Alto to rejoin Zuckerberg and Moskovitz on Facebook.


Hughes left Facebook in 2007. He left Facebook to volunteer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

He was named Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst in March 2009.

He also worked as the executive director of a non-profit social network organization, Jumo. He founded the organization in 2010. The organization aims to help people find ways to help the world.

UNAIDS appointed him to a 17-member “High-Level Commission” of renowned politicians, business leaders, human rights activists, and scientists in July 2010.

The New Republic

Hughes purchased a majority stake in The New Republic magazine in March 2012.

He became the publisher and executive chairman of the magazine. He also served as editor-in-chief of the magazine.

His tenure at The New Republic was not profitable. He sold the magazine to Oregon publisher Win McCormack in February 2016.

Who is Chris Hughes Married to?

Chris Hughes is a married man. His sexual orientation is gay. He is married to the political director of Freedom to Marry, Sean Eldridge. The couple got engaged in January 2011. They tied a knot to each other on 30 June 2012.

The couple bought a $2 million residence in New York’s 19th congressional district. They bought the residence with the reported purpose of permitting Eldridge to run for the congressional seat there. Eldridge lost his 2014 bid for a congressional seat by 28 points.

What is Chris Hughes’s Net Worth?

Chris Hughes is one of the successful entrepreneurs who co-founded one of the popular social networking sites, Facebook. His net worth was estimated at $430 million as of 2017. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $500 million.

Did You Know?

  • Hughes endorsed Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election.
  • He was portrayed by actor Patrick Mapel in the 2010 film The Social Network.


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