Chris Anderson (entrepreneur)

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Chris Anderson (entrepreneur)
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| birth_place = Pakistan| alma_mater = University of Oxford| occupation = Journalist, publisherTED (conference)>TED Talks Jacqueline Novogratz|2008}}| children = 3 (1 deceased) embed=yes title = Chris Anderson's voice description = recorded 26 September 2016 }}}}Chris Anderson (born 1957) is a British-American businessman who is the head of TED, a non-profit organization that provides idea-based talks and hosts an annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Previously he founded Future Publishing.

Early life

Anderson was born to British parents in Pakistan in 1957.WEB,weblink Profile: Chris Anderson – TED Curator,, Speaker Page, 10 May 2014, His father was "an eye surgeon and evangelical Christian", and ran a mobile hospital in rural Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.WEB,weblink 'I was losing $1 million a day, every day for 18 months': Meet Chris Anderson, the man behind TED talks, Mick, Brown, 29 April 2016, 9 August 2018,, He has two sisters, and is the middle child.He studied at Woodstock School in the Himalayan mountains of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, before moving to Monkton Combe School, a boarding school in Bath, England.WEB, Tributes to "extraordinary" daughter of Future founder after Bath tragedy,weblink Bath Chronicle, Local World Ltd, 8 April 2016, {{dead link|date=January 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}WEB,weblink Chris Anderson ’74, Woodstock, 9 August 2018, At the University of Oxford, Anderson first studied physics. He changed to the subjects of philosophy, politics and economics, graduating in 1978.WEB,weblink Distinguished Alumni of Woodstock School – 2008 Chris Anderson '74, Woodstock School,, 12 August 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 12 October 2013,


Anderson began a career in journalism, working in newspapers and radio. He produced a world news service in the Seychelles.After returning in 1984 to the UK, Anderson was captivated by the home-computer revolution. He became an editor at two of the UK's early computer magazines, Personal Computer Games and Zzap!64.WEB,weblink The History of Zzap!64,, 2018-10-26, WEB,weblink out-of-print archive • Retro Future,, 2018-10-26, A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications, but he eventually expanded it into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design. It doubled in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Anderson moved to the United States. There he developed Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users' website IGN. Anderson eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the name Future US. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.Based on this financial success, Anderson established a private nonprofit organisation, the Sapling Foundation. He wanted to find new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and ideas.


In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, held in Monterey, California. Anderson left Future to work full-time on TED.He expanded the conference to cover all topics, including science, culture, academia, and business and key global issues. He added a fellows program, which now has some 400 alumni. He also established the TED Prize, which grants recipients $1 million to support their "one wish to change the world".WEB,weblink TED Fellows Program,, en, 2018-10-26, WEB,weblink TED Prize,, en, 2018-10-26, In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Anderson to develop the organization as a global media initiative devoted to "ideas worth spreading". In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online.NEWS,weblink The TED Talks library, now 2,000 talks strong, 2015-06-16, TED Blog, 2018-10-26, en-US, The talks are free to view. Through a related project, they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world.WEB,weblink History of TED,, en, 2018-10-26, WEB,weblink TED Translators,, en, 2018-10-26, Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.Continuing a strategy of "radical openness", in 2009 Anderson introduced the TEDx initiative. The TED organization provides free licenses to local organizers who want to organize their own TED-like events. Requirements are that speakers must appear for free, and the events have to be non-profit, with talks released to TED through Commons Media.NEWS,weblink No, His Name Is Not Ted, 2018-10-26, en, More than 10,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 100,000 TEDx talks.WEB,weblink TEDx {{!, Event Listing {{!}} TED||language=en|access-date=2018-10-26}}NEWS,weblink Achievement unlocked: TEDx celebrates 100,000 talks!, 2017-10-19, TED Blog, 2018-10-26, en-US, Three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched. It offers free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.WEB,weblink Lessons Worth Sharing, TED-Ed, en, 2018-10-26, In May 2016, Anderson published a book titled TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking which offers tips and advice for public speaking. The book became a New York Times bestseller.NEWS,weblink Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - May 22, 2016 - The New York Times, 2018-10-26, en, In April 2018, he unveiled a major upgrade to the TED Prize, titled “The Audacious Project”. He seeks to raise significant funding for bold philanthropic projects.WEB,weblink Announcing ... The Audacious Project,, en, 2018-10-31, NEWS,weblink A new initiative for launching big, audacious ideas, 2018-04-04, TED Blog, 2018-10-31, en-US,

Personal life

Anderson married Lucy Evans. Together they had three daughters, Zoe, Elizabeth and Anna, before their divorce. WEB,weblink Plumber jailed after boiler killed millionaire's daughter, 17 April 2012, 9 August 2018,, The eldest, Zoe, died in 2010 at age 24, from carbon monoxide poisoning.Tribute to daughter 'poisoned by carbon monoxide',, 31 January 2011; accessed 9 August 2015. In 2008, Anderson married Jacqueline Novogratz. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen, an organization that pioneered social impact investing.NEWS,weblink World's Greatest Leaders: 9 dynamic duos, Fortune, 2018-10-26, en,


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