Alexis Ohanian’s New Job Title Is Full-Time Dad

Feb 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ET
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Being a parent is no small job, even when you have all the resources of the rich and famous at your disposal. Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams and co-founder of Reddit, just announced that after three years working full-time in Reddit's day-to-day operations, he's stepping down. Instead, he will focus his time on Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., the 5-month-old daughter he shares with Williams.

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In a statement, Ohanian said he plans to dedicate more time to Initialized Capital, a venture capital firm he co-founded in 2011, as well as to being a more present father.

"After more than three years of serving back at Reddit, my first 'baby' is in a much better place and has a great team in place," he wrote. "Now I'm back at Initialized with even bigger ambitions than when we started. As a new father of a five-month-old little girl, I want to make sure the world she inherits is as great as possible."

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Ohanian isn't completely moving away from Reddit, though; Fortune reports that he will still serve on its board, even if he isn't involved in the day-to-day operations. Everything he's doing now is because of the "promise he made to this little poppy seed," he wrote, whose birth gave him a feeling of "superpower and purpose."

Just try to tell me that isn't the sweetest thing you've heard out of a new dad today.

Ohanian is also spending time campaigning for better parental leave policies in the United States after spending 16 weeks on parental leave while Williams recovered from complications during childbirth.

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"I was a believer before, but now I whole-heartedly believe that every single dad should take it," he told Fortune. "That really put into perspective how important these policies are."

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