Anke Ohanian – Truth About Alexis Ohanian’s Late Mother

Anke Ohanian was a German pharmacist who gained fame as the mother of the internet entrepreneur, Alexis Ohanian. Originally, she was from Germany, but she shifted to the United States with her husband after their marriage. She was a pharmacist with experience in medical training. The Ohanian family lost her too early, at the age of 54, due to a brain tumor.

Either way, whether it is about any celebrity, we are keen to know about their family background, their personal life, and many more things. Likewise, today, we try to find out more about Anke Ohanian.

Who is Anke Ohanian?

Anke Ohanian gained fame solely due to her internet entrepreneur son, Alexis Ohanian. Regarding her age, her exact date of birth is still unknown. She was born in 1954, in Hamburg, Germany.

In Germany, she attended pharmacy technician school after graduating from high school. She chose pharmacy as her profession after finishing her studies because she had medical training. Besides, she volunteered at the Howard County Public School and for animal welfare.

As previously mentioned, Anke never revealed her details to the public; all we know about her siblings is that she had a brother named Wolfgang Prigge from Hamburg.

Who was Anke Ohanian Married to?

She got married in Ireland in 1980 to an American guy, Chris Ohanian. Chris was born in San Francisco, California, US. He is the owner of Infinity Global Travel, an American travel agency that offers service to people who tend to visit in their leisure time or for business trips.

Anke Ohanian and her husband moved to America after two years of marriage. Chris is still alive and is currently residing in Maryland. We can see Alexis sharing pictures with his dad on his Instagram handle.

Her Son is an Internet Entrepreneur

Anke’s son, Alexis Kerry Ohanian was born on April 24, 1983, in Brooklyn, New York. He resides in Florida with his wife Serena Williams and Daughter Alexia Olyphia Ohanian Jr. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a degree in Commerce and History.

Alexis is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of the social media site Reddit. Earlier, he co-founded Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, and also helped launch Hipmunk, a travel search website. He is an ex-partner of Y-Combinator, an American technology startup accelerator that was launched in March 2005.

Regarding his achievements, he was listed as an Important Figure in the Technology Industry in 2011 and 2012 by Forbes 30 Under 30. An American magazine, ‘Wired’ featured him as a “Champion of Innovation” in their 20th-anniversary publication. Moreover, Ohanian was considered one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, an American monthly business magazine.

Alexis shared a special bond with his mother. The sudden demise of his mother left him heartbroken. On Instagram, he posts in memory of his mother.

Anke Ohanian's son Alexis Ohanian holding his daughter
Source: Instagram @alexisohanian

Her Son is Married to a Renowned Athlete

In December 2016, Anke’s son Alexis Ohanian proposed to his girlfriend, Serena Williams at the same hotel where they met for the first time in Rome. The following year, they welcomed their first baby on September 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and named her Alexis Olympia Ohanian. Later that year, Alexis and Serena tied the knot on November 16 in New Orleans.

Alexis once mentioned that watching his wife play has changed how he measures business success. P.S. When his wife plays, Alexis always goes to watch and cheer her on.

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Her Daughter-in-law Is A Tennis Player

Anke’s daughter-in-law, Serena Jameka Williams, is one of the greatest tennis players of all time as well as ranked the world’s number one in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks. Her parents, Oracene Price and Richard Williams were their coaches.

She started her career in 1995 as a professional tennis player and won her first medal at the US Open in 1999. She has won a whopping $90 million in prize money during her career. Since 1999, she has won numerous titles in singles and doubles matches. For detailed information about her achievements, you can find it on Wikipedia at any time. Well, Serena announced her retirement in September 2022.

Anke Ohanian's Daughter-in-law Serena Williams with her car
Source: Instagram @serenawilliams


Besides sports, Serena is involved in the business world as well. She launched a direct-to-consumer clothing line named “S by Serena” in 2018. Through Serena Ventures, she has around 20 corporate partners and investments in 66 startups. Not only that, according to Forbes, she owns a 0.5% stake in the Miami Dolphins.

Anke Ohanian Cause of Death

Celebrity mother, Anke Ohanian died in 2008 at the age of 54. The cause of her marriage is stated as being a brain tumor. Anke took her last breath in her own home in Columbia after suffering from a brain tumor for some time.

After her death, her son Alexis shared a photo of her on Instagram, stating how heartbroken he felt after losing his mother. He went on to say that the entire family was devastated at the time after losing an important member.

Anke Ohanian Net Worth

Regarding her net worth, we don’t have details on the exact amount, but according to some sites, it is estimated to be around $300,000.

On the other hand, her son has made quite a fortune. As of 2022, Alexis Ohanian has an estimated net worth of $70 million. He has been on Forbes 30 Under 30 list. His first company, Reddit made $10 million just after a year of its establishment. Likewise, he also has several other businesses and ventures.

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Social Media Presense

Although her son is the co-founder of one of the most renowned social media companies, she never had a social media account.

Her son, however, uses Instagram under the username @alexisohanian with 773K followers, where he keeps on sharing posts about his family. His wife, Serena Williams, has 15.9 million followers on Instagram under the id @serenawilliams.

Anke Ohanian's granddaughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian showing her teeth
Source: Instagram @olymoiaohanian

What’s more surprising is that even Anke’s granddaughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., has an Instagram handle with 615K followers, where she shares the adventurous places she visits or pictures with her family as well.

Body Measurements

We can estimate her weight to be around 5 feet and 4 inches based on her physical appearance. She had a Jewish facial structure, along with black hair and black eyes.

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