Tue Feb 08 2011 08:40:58 ET


Hard work and endless media lifting has finally paid off for Arianna Huffington -- after she personally scores nearly $20 million in a sale to AMERICA ONLINE!

Top sources close to the deal reveal Huffington will bank $18 million, after all is said and done, in addition to a lucrative new salary base of $4 million a year.

"She is ecstatic," explains a close friend. "It's been a life of hard work."

Press reports on Monday detailed the money side of HUFFINGTON POST, from its first round of fundraising with a Japanese investors to the ex-AOL executives who now return their investment back to the AOL mothership.