ALexis Ohanian is the husband of American tennis player Serena Williams and, though not a household name like his wife, he also possesses a considerable personal fortune.
Born in 1983 in Brooklyn, New York, he comes from an Armenian family, his grandparents having fled the Armenian genocide.
Graduated in 2005 from the University of Virginia, Ohanian began focusing on business and the internet while in college and a member of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. At that time, he majored in business and history.
Who is Alexis Ohanian and what does he do?
Ohanian is now a technology entrepreneur who has a net worth of $40 million.
After college, he founded several Internet companies. Ohanian and his friend Steve Huffman originally pitched the idea of MyMobileMenu to Y Combinator.
In 2005, he co-founded Reddit, a news website, where users post and rate news content. Reddit was part of Y Combinator’s first batch of startups in the summer of 2005.
Conde Nast bought it a year later for an undisclosed amount believed to be between $10 million and $20 million.
Alexis worked closely with Reddit as a member of its board. He returned to Reddit full time with Huffman in July 2015 to lead the now independent company.
Ohanian then retired from Reddit in February 2018 to focus his efforts on investing.
He also resigned from Reddit’s board on June 5, 2020 and asked to be replaced by an African-American candidate in response to the murder of George Floyd.
Michael Sebelan entrepreneur of color, was named to Reddit’s board on June 10, 2020.
What is Alexis Ohanian’s relationship with Serena Williams?
In October 2015, rumors circulated that Alexis was dating a tennis superstar Serena Williams.
On December 29, 2016, Serena and Alexis announced that they were in fact engaged after spending just over a year quietly dating away from the press.
They married in November 2017 and gave birth to a daughter a few months earlier, in September 2017.