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Gay Facebook Founder and Obama Web Guru Chris Hughes Profiled


Fast Company runs a cover story on 25-year-old Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and the whiz kid behind Barack Obama's campaign web strategy (, who also happens to be gay:

"Hughes grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, the only child of older parents of modest means -- his father was a paper salesman; his mother, a former public-school teacher. Hickory is a deeply conservative slice of America, and as Hughes entered high school, he decided he wanted something different. Without his parents' knowledge, he applied to prep schools, nabbing what he describes as a 'very generous financial-aid package' from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. At boarding school, he came of age more quickly than he had imagined. Part of that process was realizing he was gay: 'I went to boarding school Southern, religious, and straight, and I left boarding school not being at all religious and not being straight.'"

There's not much more to that angle in the story but it's nice to read publicly that the man behind "two of the most successful startups in modern history" plays for our team.

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  1. Just wait for the nutjobs to comment on this one.

    See what happens when you go to one of those elitist left wing schools in New England. You turn gay!!

    Didn't W do to Andover?

    Posted by: realitythink | Mar 18, 2009 9:30:49 AM

  2. What a delightful person!

    Posted by: Blair | Mar 18, 2009 9:37:42 AM

  3. Too cool! I had no idea that he was family.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 18, 2009 9:45:58 AM

  4. this is a perfect example of what a great education can do for someone when they're motivated. just going to a good school is never enough, but when you're motivated to make the best of it, they're the best option out there. i know-i was a preppie and an ivy league private college kid, but never took full advantage of the opportunities. it's all up to the individual. it took me another 30 years after graduating to get it together! : )

    good story here, Andy!

    Posted by: casey | Mar 18, 2009 9:55:44 AM

  5. Sorry, but every story I've ever read about Facebook says Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. And later enlisted the help of his roommates Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz to expand it.

    It's still a cool story, but he's a "cofounder" at best. And honestly, the real story here is his work on the Obama campaign.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 18, 2009 10:01:31 AM

  6. It is great to see Chris being recognized. Yesterday another member of our community was also featured in the iPhone OS 3.0 presentation. I think it is good for us to be more visible every day. So, congratulations to both of them.

    Posted by: Rafael | Mar 18, 2009 10:11:39 AM

  7. Crispy is right. There have been countless interviews with Zuckerberg and people who were around him in his formative years as a Silicon Valley whiz that he was the brainchild of Facebook.

    Andy, even the magazine cover says that Hughes is a 'cofounder' of Facebook, so I'm going to chalk up your editorial error as a plain error. Lets give credit where credit's due.

    Posted by: Marcel | Mar 18, 2009 10:14:45 AM

  8. "Next on Fox News: FACEBOOK MADE ME GAY!!!!!"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 18, 2009 10:24:53 AM

  9. Not only did Mark Zuckerberg found Facebook, many people allege he stole a lot of the ideas and code and whatnot from another similar website he was working on with some people before Facebook. I don't know if that's true or not, but it seems clear that Chris Hughes definitely did NOT found Facebook. They're just playing up his involvement because he is also tied to Obama and makes him more of a "whiz kid" or whatever. Yawn. I'm annoyed that everyone acts as if it some mega-revelation that REACHING OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET IS EFFECTIVE. Fucking duh. Just because it took a US candidate under the age of 50 to finally take advantage of it doesn't mean it wasn't completely obvious to most normal people anyway. Old, white, wrinkly political bags are completely out of touch.

    Posted by: Ugh | Mar 18, 2009 10:29:56 AM

  10. Great success story.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 18, 2009 11:42:01 AM

  11. Fast Company tends to specialize in annoyingly successful 20-something millionaires.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 18, 2009 12:03:34 PM

  12. i'm way into white nerds.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2009 1:05:32 PM

  13. Does he remind anyone else of Matthew Good's character (Adrian Veidt- Ozymandias) from Watchmen?

    Posted by: anonymous | Mar 18, 2009 3:34:31 PM

  14. Crispy, if Chris Hughes was at best a "cofounder" then we need to also note Mark Zuckerburg is, at best, a co-founder.

    And more to the point, a thieving pig who stole the code and the idea from friends of his.

    Zuckerburg has been behind some of the shitty, untested ideas Facebook has had. He's not good at listening to others or testing anything, which is why FB has to issue "mea culpas" every few month.

    Chris may not have been the ideas man, but he's got a bigger role than code monkey. It's good to see Fast Company acknowledge it.

    Posted by: Spike | Mar 18, 2009 4:05:57 PM

  15. Facebook is just a clone/ripoff of Friendster/MySpace, albeit far more obnoxious and a more insidious time waster. I'd be ashamed if I were him. It's like being the guy who turned coke into crack.

    Posted by: paul c | Mar 18, 2009 4:09:07 PM

  16. So I'm assuming Paul C has no Facebook friends?

    Posted by: ... | Mar 18, 2009 5:30:27 PM

  17. Please go to valleywag and read the skinny on Zuckerberg. He was an opportunist who took someone's idea and ran with it - which is why he was embroiled in a years long lawsuit with the real brains behind FB, and why much of the settlement and discussions are happening behind closed doors. Visionary CEOs rarely last past the 5 year mark at a start up, simply because they are big on ideas but not big on ongoing implementation and the generosity it takes to listen to and defer to the seasoned team around you it takes to improve and grow the business. That plus his lack of authentic creativity is why his exec team is scurrying like rats off a sinking ship, and why the FB community is howling a collective "Yuck!" at the new interface - MZ doesn't know what to do next, facilely thinking that change = improvement.

    Posted by: GingerLeigh | Mar 18, 2009 7:28:15 PM

  18. I'm gay and I think Facebook is for douches and Obama is One Big Ass Mistake America.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 18, 2009 7:45:45 PM

  19. Wow this kid is only 25 and he's gay?! Fabulous!

    Posted by: BooKoo | Mar 18, 2009 11:58:26 PM

  20. Mark you are a douche. Facebook ROCKS!! And I suppose you wanted Mitt Romney for president so more jobs could be sent to India, right?

    Posted by: ty | Mar 19, 2009 12:07:42 PM

  21. Got my Fast Company in the mail yesterday, my gaydar NEVER works, looked at the cover and thought "huh, he's gay...and freakin', freakin' cute...I wonder if he's gay...nah, don't get into that habbit."

    ya, that didn't last, went to my computer, still hadn't read the story, googled his name + gay...and sure enough. Freakin' cute, gay, a tech geek...and richer than most of us will ever be. Hands down, he helped us get a decent president. Hope he meets a great guy, calls Barack and says "ok, I want to get me".

    And he's freakin' cute.

    Posted by: jon | Mar 19, 2009 6:19:03 PM

  22. Being at Harvard during the height of the ongoing Facebook lawsuit scandal/saga, Mark Zuckerberg did not steal the idea. He worked on a project with someone who had an idea for a class project. The class project was akin to, but not, Facebook. Zuckerberg actually turned his vision into something, the kids who later complained weren't upset when it was a Harvard only project, they were upset when it started making money. Why? Because they really didn't have the same vision or capacity to build a fully functional website, nor did they have the drive to. The guy who headed the group that lagged and poorly marketed the site based on the allegedly stolen concept hit on my friend at Harvard/Yale this year. He's done well for himself, I wouldn't feel bad even if you believe his over inflated side of the story.

    Posted by: Lala | Mar 19, 2009 7:13:19 PM

  23. I think Chris Hughes is awesome! I'm so proud of all his work in electing our fine president. I look forward to seeing what else he'll be a part of!

    Posted by: Eric Hubbs | Mar 28, 2009 10:10:31 PM

  24. So naysayers, did you actually read the article? And well he has a 1% stake as far as wikileaks keeps on

    And it depends how important you think the whole sharing part of Facebook is important because early investors say he was the one that came up with all those community tidbits!

    Facts, who needs em??

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 8, 2010 5:13:01 PM

  25. great to see him get away from the South

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 24, 2010 1:10:26 AM

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