AOL can only hope that Arianna Huffington proves to be as adept at engineering corporate transformations as she has been at personal ones.
Since she became a prominent public figure as the wife of a multimillionaire running for the U.S. Senate in 1994, Huffington has been both a darling of conservatives and a heroine for liberals.
She disavowed any interest in becoming a political candidate herself during her husband’s unsuccessful campaign, only to make an aborted run for California governor in 2003. She has been criticized for falling under the influence of self-help gurus and hailed for having the courage to pursue her own convictions.
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Along the way, she has been proven she can be both charming and antagonizing — sometimes all within a few minutes of conversation punctuated in her distinctive Greek accent.
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