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Arianna Huffington steps down as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post

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NEW YORK – Huffington Post’s famed editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington has decided to step down from her post in order to pursue another business venture, she announced on Twitter.

“To everyone at HuffPost: it’s you who make HuffPost what it is,” she added. “I’m filled with gratitude to all the colleagues and friends I’ve made here.”

She founded The Huffington Post in 2005, and it grew to become one of the biggest online media players. It is currently owned by Verizon Communications Inc.

The departure comes several weeks after Verizon said it was buying the media properties of Yahoo Inc. for about $4.8 billion.

Huffington, 66, will now lead Thrive Global – a start up focusing on heath and wellness.

The Huffington Post is known for its celebrity and newsmaker blogs and for cobbling together articles using information from different newspapers and other sources. On Thursday morning, The Huffington Post home page linked directly to a Wall Street Journal announcing her departure.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.