Childhood & Early Life
Milo Yiannopoulos was born Milo Hanrahan on October 18, 1984, in Chatham, Kent, England where he grew up. He is of mixed ancestry with a mix of Irish and Greek descent from his father’s side and British descent from his mother’s side.
His parents parted ways when he was around six years old. He used the word “terrifying” while describing his father.
After his mother remarried, he stayed with her and his stepfather, but did not share a cordial relation with the latter. He adopted the surname Yiannopoulos from his paternal grandmother with whom he spent his teenage years. He would often accompany her for high tea at the famous five star hotel ‘Claridge's’ in London.
He attended ‘Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys’ in Kent, but was expelled from school. He dropped out of the ‘University of Manchester’ without completing his graduation.
He then started attending ‘Wolfson College,’ Cambridge where he studied English. However, he was expelled from ‘Wolfson College’ in 2010 before earning a degree.
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Although initially he wanted to pursue a career in the field of theatre criticism, he had an opportunity to examine the subject ‘women in computing’ for ‘The Daily Telegraph’ in 2009, following which he developed an interest in technology journalism.
In 2011, he organized ‘The Telegraph Tech Start-Up 100’ that would rank prospective start-ups in Europe in the field of technology. ‘Wrong Agency,’ his events company, which was co-founded with David Rosenberg, ran the event. The fallout of the event left ‘The Telegraph’ with huge loss. ‘Wrong Agency’ dissolved in May 2011.
In November 2011, he launched the online magazine ‘The Kernel’ along with Adrian McShane, ex-employee of ‘The Telegraph,’ journalist Stephen Pritchard, and his friends David Haywood Smith and David Rosenberg. The magazine was launched in order to "fix European technology journalism” with its parent company being ‘Sentinel Media.’
‘The Kernel’ ran into trouble in 2012 after being sued by two of its contributors for failing to pay thousands of pounds which the magazine owed to them. It was also alleged that Yiannopoulos "screwed over" many other contributors both financially and personally and sent emails to a contributor threatening to leak embarrassing pictures and details.
In March 2013, ‘The Kernel’ closed down, and its assets were acquired by ‘BERLIN42’ which launched it afresh, making Yiannopoulos the editor-in-chief. It was acquired by ‘Daily Dot Media’ in 2014 with Yiannopoulos serving as an advisor.
Meanwhile, ‘Sentinel Media Ltd’ dissolved in February 18, 2014, and Yiannopoulos ended up paying six contributors from his own pocket.
He featured on the TV program ‘Newsnight’ in November 2013 and May 2014, debating with singer Will Young and rapper Tinchy Stryder respectively. He also debated with Boy George on same-sex marriage on ‘10 O'Clock Live.’
He was one of the early journalists who covered the ‘Gamergate controversy.’ He backed Gamergate censuring what he regarded as rendering a political tone in the video game culture by "an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers."
He claimed that the writers were working in collusion with journalists to put up negative report on the ongoing Gamergate controversy. In support of his view, he published correspondence of video game journalists from the private mailing list ‘GameJournoPros.’
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He faced several adversities for supporting Gamergate; he received a dead animal and a syringe filled with unknown substance. He along with Christina Hoff Sommers organized a meeting of the Gamergate backers in May 2015 which received a bomb threat through Twitter.
He took charge of the new Breitbart Tech section of ‘Breitbart,’ a far-right American online news media, in October 2015. His work chiefly targeted the liberals, strongly criticizing them and their political correctness culture.
He started ‘The Dangerous Faggot,’ a controversial tour, in 2015. However, many of his speeches were canceled in the UK and the tour met with protests in the US. No Platform policy of the ‘National Union of Students of the United Kingdom’ later allowed him to speak in some colleges and Universities in the nation in 2017.
His Twitter account was suspended briefly by the online news and social networking service in December 2015 after he altered his profile, describing himself as “social justice editor” of the American internet media company ‘BuzzFeed.’
He started the ‘Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant’ with Margaret MacLennan in January 2016, the objective of which was to aid disadvantaged white males with grants of $2,500. McLennan, who served as bursary manager of the grant, alleged mismanagement and criticized it on social media in August 2016.
Yiannopoulos was accredited for the first time for a White House press briefing in March 2016.
He faced brief suspension on Twitter once again in June 2016 after he censured Islam following the June 12, 2016 terrorist attack on the Orlando gay nightclub ‘Pulse.’ Twitter then banned his account permanently citing his July 2016 comments surrounding the 2016 film ‘Ghostbusters’ as "inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others."
He contested the election for rector of the ‘University of Glasgow’ in 2017. The election was won by Aamer Anwar.
Yiannopoulos has embroiled himself in many controversies for his comments on gay rights, feminism, and Islam.
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He had to resign from ‘Breitbart’ in February 2017 following a controversy that cropped up from a video clip where he said sexual relationship can be “perfectly consensual” between thirteen year old boys and men and women.
Such comments which were thought to be in support of paedophilia also led him to lose a speaking engagement in the ‘Conservative Political Action Conference’ (CPAC) and a book deal.
On March 31, 2017, the website of ‘Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant’ reported the selection of the first ten applicants who would receive the grant and that Yiannopoloulos and Janet Bloomfield would declare the names of the ten recipients.
He has also written a couple of poetry books under the pseudonym Milo Andreas Wagner. On July 4, 2017, he self-published the book ‘Dangerous’ which peaked at No. 1 on the nonfiction bestseller list of ‘Publishers Weekly.’
He endorsed the presidential candidature of Donald Trump whom he refers to as “Daddy.”
In 2019, Yiannopoulos’s self-published book ‘How To Be Poor’ was released. The same year, he and many other influential people in politics and culture, including ‘Nation of Islam’ leader Louis Farrakhan and conspiracy theorists and fellow right-wing pundits Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson, were permanently banned from Facebook which called them "dangerous."