Top of the Game - Arianna Huffington

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2007, 12:00am

Tina Brown, Fiona Ellis, Arianna Huffington and Tiffany Shlain are fine examples of women who have climbed hard and fast to the top of their career ladders. STYLE meets with them to find out what makes them tick.

Named one of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People in the World' in 2006, Arianna Huffington is a noted author and commentator. She also founded the Huffington Post, an online source of news.

Wake-up call?

When I'm in LA, I get up at 6am and leave home after 7am to take the girls to school. I might get up earlier if I'm on East coast time.

Morning routine?

We leave right after seven. If I get up earlier, I go to my desk and talk to New York. Otherwise, I start talking on my way back home from school. I do a lot on the phone, and use transit time to dictate emails. I also like Pilates and yoga.

Evening routine?

I try to have dinner with my daughters at six, and then go out - if I am going to go out. But I love sleep.

Bedside book?

I'm reading two things right now: my older daughter, Christina, is 18 and is looking at colleges so I'm reading a book about colleges. I'm also reading The Kite Runner, which I love.

Favourite writers?

I love writing that has humour, and some of our favourite bloggers use a lot of humour in their work, including Nora Ephron and Bill Maher. And when it comes to eternal writers, there's nobody for me like William Shakespeare. I like to go back and re-read him.

What makes you cry?

I cry easily, when I'm happy, when I'm sad and when I'm moved. I'm moved by injustice and any acts of generosity or humanity. I'm often moved by my children, just watching them grow up and thinking 'wow', this is my daughter, but she's her own person. The other night we had a beautiful dinner where we all talked and talked and it was wonderful to hear what they had to say. My children can at times be truly inspirational, funny and sarcastic and kids and grown-up - and that is very moving to me.

What makes you angry?

People who are passive-aggressive. It's something I'm really allergic to. I like people who are straight, who tell you what they think.

Last purchase?

I bought a big brown bag which my daughter loved so I kept lending it to her - and it became her bag. So I bought the same one in dark green. We now both carry these bags, which we got in a store in SoHo. They're made of soft leather and you can put a lot of stuff in them.

Collections?

I'm incapable of throwing away books. It's fantastic to have all these great books around, but at some point I will have to move. I have more in boxes in the garage, which is now so full I can't put my car in there. I literally have thousands of them. And I underline everything. I can't read without a pen in my hand.

Favourite film?

I attended a screening of The Kite Runner, which isn't out yet.

I found it incredibly moving and thoughtful. It's the kind of movie that stays with you.

Most played album? My favourite song at the moment is Miyaabele by Baaba Maal, from the album Tracks in the Sand. I tend to play something over and over again on my iPod until I get sick of it.

Pets?

My two teenage daughters own a Teacup Maltese that we call Ollie, although his full name is Oliver Pistachio Huffington.

Worst habit?

My two Blackberries.

Three things you always carry with you?

My two Blackberries and some organic almonds for when I'm on the road.

Childhood ambition?

I've always wanted to be a journalist like my father because, you see, when I was growing up, blogging had not yet been invented.

Favourite home-cooked meal?

Steaming carrot and ginger soup.

Always in your fridge? Greek yogurt.

Favourite item of clothing?

The softest black cashmere sweater by Ports.

Something you'd never throw away? Unfortunately I am a pack rat, so there are hundreds and hundreds of books I'll never throw away, even though they are stacked up in every corner, and one on every table, and in boxes in the garage.

Scent?

Hermes, Eau Des Merveilles.

Most dislike about your appearance?

My incredibly curly hair that I insist on blow-drying straight.

Favourite furniture?

The desk I work at.

Favourite gadget?

My Blackberries.

Hobby?

Before I broke my ankle a few months ago, I loved hiking in places like the Will Rogers State Park,

and around Malibu.

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