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A few things you probably didn't know about Arianna Huffington

The founder of the ever-expanding Huffington Post is launching a Canadian French-language website in February

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AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post for $315-million (U.S.) last year reputedly put $18-million in Arianna Huffington's pocket.

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Ms. Huffington visited India at the age of 17 to study comparative religion. She has been associated with New Age guru John-Roger, but says her quest for spirituality is not New Age, but part of something 'eternal.' She meditates every day.

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The mother of two, Isabella and Christina, both of whom are at Yale, is very family-oriented. Her sister, Agapi, lives with her, as did their mother until her death in 2000. 'We’re a very tribal family.'

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As a syndicated columnist and author, Ms. Huffington has campaigned on various issues, including the influence of corporate lobbyists.

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Ms. Huffington founded The Detroit Project, a non-profit group that claimed a link between gas-guzzling vehicles and terrorist funding.

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