Who is Alexis Ohanian?
Alexis Kerry Ohanian was born in 1983 to a German mother and Armenian father in Brooklyn, New York. Ohanian’s father was a refugee of the Armenian war and his mother worked as an au pair. Ohanian graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 at the age 22 where he studied history and commerce. Until November 16, 2017 he was the fiancé of Serena Williams and the father of their newborn daughter.
What Has He Accomplished?
Along with friend Steve Huffman, Alexis Ohanian is the co-founder of popular internet website Reddit.com, which is a platform for social news, discussions and ratings. Reddit is currently estimated to have a net worth of almost $2 million and hosts billions of registered users daily. Ohanian is said to have desired to create the “face of the internet” and has done so, even though Reddit has had its share of controversy and scandal since its creation. Ever the entrepreneur, Ohanian also co-founded and invested in several startups and internet companies between 2010 and 2014, including Instacart and Open Door.
Ohanian is the author of the bestselling “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed” which released in 2013. The book highlights many of the issues that Ohanian stands for and believes in, including internet freedom and political transparency. His point of view is clear and concise and is an exact replica of his life. Ohanian is the champion of the online startup business and through his books Ohanian has inspired many others to follow his lead.
The Internet Must Go
The Internet Must Go is an independent film about internet neutrality in which Ohanian played a starring role playing himself. Hosted on YouTube, the docu-fiction production reached almost 250,000 viewers in its first two months online. His line “all links are created equal” was the epitome of his life’s mission and most important line of his entire role.
What is He Worth?
Alexis Ohanian’s net worth is around $10 million.
Mr. Ohanian and Ms. Williams – An Unlikely Pair
How Alexis Met Serena
Many were shocked to learn that tennis great Serena Williams had met and gotten engaged to Alexis Ohanian. While being a technology mogul is no small thing, many were stunned to find that the pair had fallen in love since Williams is so wildly famous in a world completely different from Ohanian. At the time lots of rumors circling Williams and rapper Drake were running rampant and Ohanian had just ended a long relationship of his own. Any news of Williams and Ohanian dating was thrust into the background behind famous rappers and tech news. According to US Weekly Ohanian and Williams met “at a lunch”, and their Reddit engagement announcement revealed that Williams and Ohanian met at lunch in Rome. It appears that Ohanian also proposed at the same table where he met Williams and Williams said yes. News of Ohanian being the lucky man to become her fiancé hit the internet with a splash of cold water. Williams created a subreddit titled, “I said Yes” and asked Ohanian, her new fiancé, to draw a little something for the post. It was in this post that Ohanian penned Williams “a keeper.”
Their Relationship - From Boyfriend to Fiancé
While Ohanian’s net worth is just a quarter of Williams’ own, the two are both incredibly devoted to their causes. Ohanian’s devotion to “making the world suck less” is what drew Williams to him. As part of his campaign to do so, Ohanian spurred a crowdfunding campaign for Black Girls Code, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the field of technology to young girls of color, a cause dear to Ohanian’s own heart. Think Ohanian’s philanthropic heart isn’t enough to make Williams swoon over her fiancé? Well, in addition to this, Ohanian is a whopping 6-foot-5. With a height like that, Ohanian can stand square shouldered next to a muscular and athletic Serena Williams with gusto, who boasts her own impressive height of 5-foot-9.
His Love for Serena Williams
Though their love story is a beautiful one, things were not always roses for Ohanian and Williams. Williams reportedly tried to get Ohanian to leave her alone at their first meeting by telling him there was a rat nearby. Ohanian kept pursuing her and eventually won Williams over. Williams had not heard of Reddit before just as Ohanian was no fan of tennis. Ohanian has been reported to say that he had never even watched Williams play. Both Williams and Ohanian stepped out of their comfort zones and grew in each other’s lights. Although Ohanian met Williams in the spring of 2015, by 2016 Ohanian says he knew he wanted to marry Williams. While Williams kept their relationship private on social media for most of 2015 and 2016, by the end of the year both Williams and Ohanian had made their relationship public.
A Daughter is Born
In January of 2017, on her way to Australia to play in the Australian Open, Williams found out that she was pregnant with a little Ohanian in the making. While Ohanian was always present at her games, he had much more reason to smile that day. Apparently Ohanian heard the news of Williams’ pregnancy right before her tournament started. Ohanian could be seen from the stands smiling from ear to ear the entire match. Williams gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. in the September of 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The darling little Ohanian weight 6 pounds and 13 ounces and was named after her gushing father. On being a father, an excited Ohanian said that “fatherhood is better than co-founding Reddit.” Though Williams and Ohanian did not plan on becoming parents so quickly, they are thrilled and completely in love with their daughter.
Ohanian often referred to Serena Williams as his “beautiful fiancé” and his daughter as her “mama’s perfect sidekick.” Could Williams ask for a better husband and loving father than Alexis Ohanian? We don’t think so.