Chris Anderson was born in Pakistan in 1957. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Oxford University and began his career in information and innovative technology in 1978 as a journalist. In 1985 he launched his own publishing company, Future Publishing, which, initially devoted to publishing hobbyist computer magazines, rapidly grew to include cycling, technology and design, music, and gaming. Anderson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 where he expanded his publishing business and built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the games web portal IGN.com.
In 1996, Anderson founded the Sapling Foundation, a private non-profit foundation with the goal of finding and promoting "new ways of tackling tough global issues by leveraging media, technology, entrepreneurship, and most of all, ideas." The Sapling Foundation acquired TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) in 2001. Anderson then left his businesses in 2002 to focus his efforts on the development of TED. Anderson is now curator of the TEDTalks Conferences held each year in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Anderson was a contributing speaker in the TEDGlobal 2010 conference held in Oxford.
Anderson also oversaw the introduction of the TED Prize, the TED Fellows Program, the TED open translation program, and the TEDx program which enabled hundreds of independently organized TED-like events to be held around the world.
Anderson and his wife Jacqueline Novogratz moved back to Pakistan in August 2010 to assist in the flood relief efforts.
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Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010