16 Things About Arianna Huffington

Asa Mathat | AllThingsD

So how does a Pulitzer Prize-winning media mogul like Arianna Huffington stay on top of her game? Apparently it helps to be an advocate not just for truth in journalism, but also for a better night’s sleep. Below, Arianna continues last week’s trend of relating more than Ten Things About Me.

What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Growing up in Greece, we had a little black-and-white TV, so I spent most of my time playing outside — it’s the ultimate reality show.

What qualities do you like in a person?
Empathy, fearlessness and humor.

What qualities do you dislike?
Multitasking — i.e., having dinner with someone and engaging with someone else on one of your devices.

What’s the single most important issue in the world today?
Being hyperconnected to everything and everyone, but disconnected from ourselves.

What would you be doing if you were not in your current job?
Trying to start up some other version of it.

What is your greatest achievement to date?
My two daughters.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
BlackBerrys (four, to be precise). And oh, dear God, can someone please save BlackBerry?

If you could meet any historical or fictional person, who would it be?
William Shakespeare. On his birthday last week, I tweeted my feelings about him: “Whoever you were, there’s never been anyone like you.” And hardly a day goes by when we don’t unknowingly quote him.

What site/app do you check first when you wake up?
That’s not fair … HuffPost, of course.

Do you have a dog or cat or other pet?
I once shared ownership of a dog with my daughter Isabella. The dog was Oliver Pistachio Huffington, and it was shorter than its name.

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?
I love trains.

What was the last book you read?
“What Money Can’t Buy,” by Michael J. Sandel.

Name your favorite guilty pleasure.
A single-shot Venti cappuccino with 2 percent milk and a green straw, followed by a second single-shot Venti cappuccino with 2 percent milk and a green straw, followed by a third …

What do you drive/ride?
A Toyota Prius.

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
My mother. She gave me unconditional love and unconventional wisdom. And the belief that if her children didn’t eat every 20 minutes, something terrible would happen to them.

Describe an ideal day.
An ideal day is any day that follows a good eight-hour sleep.

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