Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and occasional actress. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which, in the 1990s, she became a liberal. She is the former spouse of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington.\nIn 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for Governor in the California recall election.\nIn 2009, Huffington was named as number 12 in Forbes ' first-ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media. She has also moved up to number 42 in The Guardian 's Top 100 in Media List. As of 2014, she is listed as the 52nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.\nIn 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million and made Huffington President and Editress-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as AOL Music, Engadget, Patch Media, and StyleList.