Facebook co-founder chris hughes marries longtime boyfriend
Author: Brian Solomon
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2012
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The Facebook-watching world was surprised the day following the company's IPO when co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg married his girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Now it seems that may just be the first in a series of Facebook founder weddings.
Zuckerberg's former college roommate, Chris Hughes, announced in a similar manner on Saturday that he and his longtime boyfriend, Sean Eldridge, had tied the knot. Just like Zuckerberg, Hughes posted public wedding photos (where else?) on Facebook.
Hughes, 28, is now known more for his political activism and as the owner and editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He co-founded Facebook with roommates Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz (plus financial backing from Eduardo Saverin) back in 2004. Rather than serving as another coder, Hughes became the site's spokesperson in its early days. Like Saverin, but unlike Hughes's roommates, the young co-founder declined to drop out of Harvard at move to Palo Alto immediately. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history and literature before taking a full time job on Facebook's product team.
Having established himself in Silicon Valley, Hughes eventually turned to politics, joining Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign as the Director of Online Organizing. He pioneered the efforts behind the MyBarackObama social network for supporters and volunteers.
Hughes later merged his political and social media expertise to found Jumo, a Facebook-based social network for nonprofits. Forbes' Kerry Dolan spoke with Hughes about Jumo in April 2011, and he talked about wanting to help establish an interactive online presence for "small and medium-sized nonprofits that can't pay for a consulting firm." Jumo raised $3 million from billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the Knight Foundation and other investors, before merging with GOOD in August 2011.
In March, Hughes used a small piece of his rapidly growing net worth to purchase The New Republic, a struggling but highly-regarded Washington D.C.-based politics and arts magazine with a liberal bent. He committed to a plan of adapting the publication "to the newest information technologies while investing in the serious journalism that has made The New Republic what it is today."
Eldridge, 25, is the founder of Protect Our Democracy, an advocacy group for campaign finance reform, and the president of Hudson River Ventures, an investment firm. Eldridge previously served as the political director of Freedom to Marry, a group that advocates same-sex marriage.
According to The New York Times, Hughes and Eldridge met in 2005 in Cambridge, where Hughes was a senior at Harvard and Eldridge was working as a customer service manager for a moving company.
The New York Post reports that guests at the wedding party included Zuckerberg, Sean Parker, Gayle King, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, NY Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.