Ariana Huffington was always laughed at by conservatives. maybe she is not so dumb after all. she turned 1 million into 315 million in 6 years. The Huffington Post, Ariana Huffingtonâs news and political focused website, has been acquired by AOL for $315 million â $300 million cash, the rest in stock. Huff Po began in 2005 with a $1 million investment; it has since grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country. The NYT called the deal âan unlikely pairing of two online media giants.â It is the companyâs largest acquisition since the break up of AOL Time Warner in 2009.