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Christopher Hitchens Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Children

Christopher Hitchens Quick Info
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 71 kg
Date of Birth April 13, 1949
Zodiac Sign Aries
Date of Death December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was a British-American author and journalist who became reputed as one of the most influential atheists of his generation. He was a gifted public speaker and, throughout his lifetime, had published 18 books on the subjects of faith, politics, literature, and culture, including his best-seller God Is Not Great (2007).

Born Name

Christopher Eric Hitchens

Nick Name

Hitch, Hitchie, The Sexist but Charming Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens as seen in 2007
Christopher Hitchens as seen in 2007 (Ensceptico / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0)


He was born on April 13, 1949.


Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010, and he subsequently passed away from pneumonia on December 15, 2011, in Houston, Texas. He was 62 years old at that time.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom


British, American


Author, Journalist


  • Father – Eric Ernest Hitchens (Naval Officer, Bookkeeper)
  • Mother – Yvonne Jean Hickman
  • Siblings – Peter Hitchens (Younger Brother) (Conservative Journalist)

Net Worth

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens’ net worth was $4 million according to




5 ft 9 in or 175 cm


71 kg or 156.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Christopher had dated –

  1. Eleni Meleagrou (1981-1989)​ – The Greek Cypriot Eleni Meleagrou and Christopher got married in 1981. The couple welcomed 2 children together, a son named Alexander Hitchens and a daughter named Sophia Hitchens, before getting divorced in 1989.
  2. Carol Blue (1991-2011) – Carol Blue, who is an American screenwriter, became his second wife in 1991. The couple became parents with the arrival of their daughter Antonia Hitchens. Their marriage lasted until Christopher’s death in 2011.
Christopher Hitchens as seen in Colorado in 2005
Christopher Hitchens as seen in Colorado in 2005 (Ari Armstrong / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race / Ethnicity


He had English and Welsh ancestry on his father’s side and was of Ashkenazi Jewish and English descent on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Eloquent public speaker



The former British prime minister Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens seen during their debate on religion in 2010
The former British prime minister Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens seen during their debate on religion in 2010 (Andrew Rusk / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0)

Christopher Hitchens Facts

  1. He used to babysit actress Olivia Wilde when she was a child.
  2. Hitchens was raised as a Christian, but in 1987, he found out that his mother had a Jewish heritage with her ancestors having roots in Eastern Europe, especially Poland.
  3. He was influenced by eminent personalities such as Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Bertrand Russell, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Paine, Aldous Huxley, and Albert Camus.
  4. Hitchens referred to the highly-regarded Christian evangelist Billy Graham as “a self-conscious fraud” and “a disgustingly evil man”.
  5. He expressed his criticism of contemporary figures like Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger through his full-length texts titled The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton, and The Trial of Henry Kissinger respectively.
  6. He gave rise to the term ‘hitch-slap’ which refers to Hitchens’ unique ability to masterfully craft a snide response aimed to humiliate his opponents.
  7. He along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett were referred to as the Four Horsemen of New Atheism, a movement introduced by the 21st-century intellectual atheists. They rejected the passive tolerance of superstition, religion, and irrationalism arguing instead, that it should be countered through active criticism and challenged by rational argument.

Featured Image by Ensceptico / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0

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