Christopher Hitchens Biography, Age, Net Worth, Family

Christopher Hitchens’s full name is Christopher Eric Hitchens was a British-American journalist and author. He was a member of many social organizations throughout his life, one of them being the International Socialists.

He describes himself as a Democratic Socialist. Later, he stopped addressing himself as a socialist but he kept on following Marxism. He left Oxford in the 1970s after which he worked with the New Statesman magazine as a journalist.

Who Is Christopher Hitchens?

He was born on April 12, 1949, and died at the age of 62 on December 15, 2011, in Houston, Texas, United States. He was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. His birth sign is Aries. His ethnicity was probably Jewish.

Talking about his siblings, he grew up with his younger brother. Hitchens’s father was a commander in the Royal Navy. He died on Thursday night at M.D Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, the cause of his death was Esophageal cancer.

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Real NameChristopher Eric Hitchens
Nick NameChristopher Hitchens
Date of BirthApril 12, 1949
Died OnDecember 15, 2011
Died at Age62 years
Father’s NameEric Ernest
Mother’s NameYvonne Jean
Place of BirthPortsmouth, Hampshire, England
Place of DeathHouston, Texas, United States
Cause of DeathEsophageal cancer
Birth SignAries
Siblingsone brother Peter Hitchens
Height (approx)5′ 7″
weight (approx)78kgs
SchoolThe Leys School, Cambridge, England
CollegeBalliol College, England
Professionjournalist and author
Famous BooksGod is not great, The missionary position, Mortality
ReligionHe was an antitheist
Marital StatusMarried
WifeEleni Meleagrou(M. 1981-1989), Carol Blue(M. 1991-2011)
KidsAlexander Hitchens, Antonia Hitchens, Sophia Hitchens, Hitch-22
Net Worth (approx)$4 million

Personal Life

His parents Eric Ernest Hitchens(1909-1987) and Yvonne Jean Hitchens(1921-1973), Christopher met while they both were serving in the Royal Navy during World War II. He grew up with his younger brother Peter Hitchens who is a broadcaster, journalist, author, and commentator. Peter was a foreign correspondent reporting from both Washington and Moscow and now writes for The Mail on Sunday.

Christopher with is brother and mother

He revealed that he was bisexual during his younger days, he had a sexual relationship with two male students at his college, although he refused to reveal their names as they become Tory ministers during the premiership of Magaret Thatcher.

pic with his wife

He completed his schooling at an early age at a boarding school named The Leys School, Cambridge. After completing his schooling, he went to Balliol College, Oxford in 1967 and also joined a Trotskyist sect the International Socialists. He completed his bachelor’s degree in politics, economics, and philosophy in 1970, later he moved to London, where he worked as a writer for Time Higher Education Supplement.

Pic from some of Christopher's last days

Christopher’s Career

Hitchen started his career as a correspondent for the magazine International Socialism which was published by the International Socialists. In the year 1971 Hitchens traveled for a year in the United States on a scholarship, after which he joined the Times Higher Education Supplement and worked as a social science correspondent, although he was fired after six months.

pic from his 20s

He joined the New Statesman as a writer in 1973 and then moved to the Evening Standard. Before becoming the Editor at the New Statesman he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Express(1977-79). In 1981 Hitchens decided to move to New York City, and later he relocated to Washington, D.C.

In 1992 Christopher Hitchens started writing a column for Vanity Fair magazine. He wrote his column for The Nation in 2022. Hitchens decided to become a United States citizen in 2007, though he retained his United Kingdon citizenship.


He wrote a book Hitch-22 which was published in 2010, during the book tour, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. The book Mortality was released on August 25, 2012, written in the wake of his cancer diagnosis and was published after his death.

Christopher Hitchens while suffering from cancer

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Christopher Achievements and Popular Books

  • National Magazine Award for Columns
  • Richard Dawkins Award
  • Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction
  • The Orwell Prize
  • LennonOno Grant For Peace
  • Diamonstien- Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
His book God is not great

Some of his most popular books are:

  • God Is Not Great
  • The Missionary Position
  • Mortality
  • Hitch-22
  • Arguably
  • The Portable Athiest