The Huffington Post was founded in 2005 by author and pundit Arianna Huffington and former Time Warner executive Ken Lehrer. Lehrer was instrumental in raising the $10 million in start-up funds to launch the site.
Founded as a blog and aggregator with a political focus and a liberal bent, the Huffinton Post has grown to cover a wide range of topics, from technology and science to sports and lifestyle. In 2011, the Huffington Post had grown to become the sixth largest news site in the United States. That same year, AOL purchased the Huffington Post for $315 million, merging the two companies to form the AOL Huffington Post Media Group.