16 Facts About Alexis Ohanian

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On December 29, 2016, international tennis superstar, Serena Williams, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, in the form of a poem on no other than Reddit!

For those not familiar with Alexis Ohanian, he's a tech guru of Armenian descent. The team at Harsanik is a huge fan of Alexis and we're inspired by his accomplishments.

Serena and Alexis Engaged

Photo Source: Alexis Ohanian Blog

Here are 16 interesting facts about Alexis Ohanian:

1. Co-founder of Reddit, a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Reddit is currently the #7 most visited site in the USA according to Alexa.

2. Co-founder of Initialized Capital, a venture capital firm.

3. Helped launch travel site Hipmunk.

4. On the Forbes 30 under 30 two years in a row.

5. Author of bestselling book Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.

6. Creative! He's designed the mascots of every company he's started.

7. Father is Chris Ohanian, an Armenian-American whose family were Armenian Genocide survivors. Mother is Anke who was born in Germany. Here's Alexis's Twitter post on April 24, 2015.

8. Volunteered in Armenia in 2010 for 4-months through the Kiva Microfunds non-profit organization.

9. Organized the first TEDx Yerevan event. Here's the video of his talk:

10. Personal Moto: Make the World Suck Less. You can follow him on his blog.

11. Born on April 24th, the recognition day of the Armenian Genocide.

12. He is 6 foot 5! Taller than Serena who's 5 foot 9!

13. Activist of the open internet who joined the fight against Congress’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect I.P. Act (PIPA) in 2012.

14. When Serena Williams won her 22nd grand slam at Wimbeldon, he called her his "queen" on his Instagram post!

Serena and Alexis Engaged

Photo Source: Alexis Ohanian Instagram

15. Romantic? Here's the poem Serena Williams posted on Reddit to announce their engagement:

I came home

A little late

Someone had a bag packed for me

And a carriage awaited

Destination: Rome

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



16. According to Wikipedia, he is now the luckiest nerd of them all!

The couple has kept their relationship very private, and one of the very few photos of the two of them is the famous Halloween costume photo posted by Serena on her Instagram account.

Serena and Alexis Engaged

Photo Source: Serena Williams Instagram

For those curious about the engagement ring, Serena recently posted a funny photo of her ring on Instagram!

Serena and Alexis Engaged

Photo Source: Serena Williams Instagram

Alexis seems to be thrilled with the congratulatory wishes from all, especially the Armenian community! Here's his post on Twitter:

We love this couple's humor, creativity, and incredible achievements.

According to E! News, sources say the couple’s wedding will be in about a year. We can’t wait to see all the details and find out whether they choose to incorporate any Armenian wedding traditions.

Congratulations to Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams! We're very excited for both of you and wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness!

UPDATE: Alexis and Serena got married on November 16, 2017. Harsanik co-founder Marineh Tchakerian had the honor of meeting Alexis Ohanian at a tech event in Los Angeles and he agreed to have his wedding featured on Harsanik! We had the opportunity to interview Alexis Ohanian and we're thrilled to feature Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams' wedding on our blog

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