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Alexis Ohanian: 25 Things You Don’t Know About The Reddit Co-Founder

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Alexis Ohanian and wife, Serena Williams (Getty photos)

Guest Writer: Alexander Thandi Ubani, Lagos — 


Alexis Kerry Ohanian is a father, tech guru, internet entrepreneur, investor married to the gorgeous Serena Williams.

They have a beautiful daughter, Alexis Olympia.

Alexis is an Armenian-America born on April 24, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York to a German-born mother, Anke and father, Chris Ohanian of Armenian descent. He is a pacesetter in his chosen field.

25 Things You Don’t Know About The Reddit Co-Founder

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Serena, Olympia and Alexis (Photo credit: Serena Williams on Instagram)

1). Alexis Ohanian is a 36 year-old Armenian-American tech pacesetter.

2). He married one of the greatest tennis stars of her time, Serena Williams on November 16, 2017, in New Orleans

3). Their child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born on September 1, 2017.

4). His great-grandparents came to the US as refugees after the Armenian Genocide.

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Alexis Ohanian, husband of USA’s Serena Williams, holds their baby, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., before the doubles match in the first round of Fed Cup tennis competition in Asheville, N.C., Feb. 11, 2018.Chuck Burton | AP

5). He is the co-founder of Reddit, alongside his friend, Steve Huffman.

6). In 2017, Reddit raised $200 million in funding and is now valued at $1.8 billion.

7). Reddit boasts of about 300 million monthly visitors.

8). Alexis is also the co-founder of Initialized Capital alongside Garry Tan. Initialized Capital is a venture capital fund founded in 2011 which has raised over $500 million in funds.

9). He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (2005 set), with degrees in commerce and history.

10). Serena and Alexis met through random circumstance at a conference in Rome. Watch Alexis tell their love story.

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Reddit mascots are displayed at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California April 15, 2014. Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is going after more eyeballs, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

11). Alexis’ ex-girlfriend fell out of her 5-storey apartment window while studying in Germany and the nerd was there for her all through. He shared the story on his website.

12). His mother was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at the age of 51 and died on March 15, 2008.

13). Alexis battled depression during the formative years of Reddit.

14). He spent three months working in micro-finance as a Kiva fellow in Yerevan, Armenia.

15). Alexis helped launch travel search website Hipmunk in 2010.

16). He Founded Das Kapital Capital, a company that provides investment, advising, and Quake II railgun tutorials to startups.

17). He was named in Forbes “30 Under 30” list of tech heavyweights in 2011 and 2012.

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Reddit co-founders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman Reddit

18). He was also named in Crain’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list for business.

19). Fast Company named him in its 2016 list of “Most Creative People in Business.”

20). In 2013, Alexis was featured alongside Erik Martin as “Champions of Innovation” in the 20th Anniversary issue of Wired.

21). In 2018, Alexis Ohanian put up some billboards for his wife with the inscription the GMOAT (greatest mom of all time), to celebrate her first tournament after having daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

22). Alexis is a best-selling author for his 2013 book “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed”

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Alexis and mom (Photo by Alexis Ohanian)

23). According to The Sun, Alexis is said to be worth £6.7million ( $9million).

24). Crunch base revealed that Alexis Ohanian/Initialized Capital made 126 investments. Their latest investment is Series E – Impossible Foods on May 13, 2019. Alexis Ohanian also invested $300M in Impossible Foods.

25). Alexis revealed that selling Reddit in 2006 was his biggest money mistake. However, he was grateful he later bought it back in 2014.

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