Tennis icon Serena Williams officially got engaged to 33-year-old Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian. He shared the engagement
The engagement was a bit of surprise, according to People Magazine. The two generally kept their relationship off of social media.
Here’s what you need to know about Ohanian:
1. He Wants to ‘Make The World Suck Less’ & Helped Do That By Giving His Football Tickets to a Deserving Fan
Ohanian’s actual personal credo is “making the world suck less,” according to his website
According to his website, Ohanian spends a decent amount of his time investing in startups, cheering on the Washington Redskins, and Facetiming his cat, Karma.
He helped make the “world suck less” by passing off his tickets to Washington football game to a father and son, after spotting their post on Reddit earlier this month:
The Brooklyn native graduated from University of Virginia in 2005 with degrees in history and commerce, according to his Linkedin page. He helped co-found Reddit that same year with fellow UVA alum Steve Huffman.
Ohanian now lives in San Francisco and has invested in and advised over 200 tech startups, and he vets them all to make sure they fit his model of “making something people love and making the world suck less,” according to his site.
2. Ohanian, a Bestselling Author, Wasn’t Into Tennis Until He Started Dating Williams
Tennis was not one of Ohanian’s big interests before he started dating Williams, according to US Weekly, which broke the news of their relationship in 2015. He started getting into the sport after they got together.
“He said he’d never been into tennis until they started dating!,” a source told US Weekly.
Since then, Ohanian has been seen at Wimbledon and other tennis tournaments, supporting his future wife.
Ohanian wrote a book called Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed when he was 29, which became a bestseller.
You can buy it on Amazon for $20, and it gets pretty good reviews.
In the final chapter, he writes about how the Internet must remain open:
We’ll continue to triumph over misinformation, despite the best efforts of a few to stifle the freedom of the many. The onus is on all of us to educate each and every one of our elected officials. Should governments ever make the tragic decision that intellectual property is actual property and enforce strict penalties for blurring the distinction, most forms of online speech would become violations of IP law. Copying a digital file (such as a picture of a car) is not theft, because the original picture is still entirely intact; you just have two of them now. Stealing a car is theft, because the original car is not in the place it was before.
You can read the full excerpt here.
The book is, unsurprisingly, largely about his co-founding of Reddit. It includes Ohanian’s ideas, tips and doodles about “harnessing the power of the web for good” by creating new communities, businesses, technologies and charities.
3. His Net Worth Is About $4.5 Million, While Serena Is Worth More Than $150 Million
Ohanian and fellow Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman sold Reddit to Conde Nast in 2006, which uppsed his net worth quite a bit, Slate reported. There may be other things at work here, though, since Ohanian’s net worth is around $6 million according to the Celebrity Net Worth website.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Ohanian also founded Breadpig, an online company that finds, develops and markets “geeky” things and then gives the profits to organizations in need of funds. Breadpig raised over $150,000 since its launch in 2007.
He’s also a marketing director for Hipmunk, an online travel company.
Either way, Serena isn’t marrying him for money — her net worth is $150 million, according to Forbes.
4. He Was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List Two Years In a Row
5. Serena Announced Their Engagement on Reddit, Of Course
When you’re marrying the co-founder of Reddit, it makes sense to use the platform a little… or to announce your engagement via poem on the subreddit r/isaidyes.
Serena’s verified Reddit account posted the following poem:
I came home
A little late
Someone had a bag packed for me
And a carriage awaited
To escort me to my very own “charming”
Back to where our stars first collided
And now it was full circle
At the same table we first met by chance
This time he made it not by chance
But by choice
Down on one knee
He said 4 words
Alexis Ohanian’s verified account replied, just below it, saying:
“And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”