The Duke of Sussex has stepped into a new role: employee. Harry will work at the chief impact officer at a startup called BetterUp located in Silicon Valley. The company’s website lists the former royal as a part of their leadership team.
BetterUp is a company that provides mental health services and coaching. This announcement comes just a few weeks after Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey and went into detail about their decision to step back from the British royal family. Harry has been working for BetterUp for two months, but decided to wait until after the interview was released to announce his position.
Their home in California, according to TMZ, is worth £11.2 million ($15.5m) and is part of a gated community in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
BetterUp is worth around 1.7 billion and the company’s chief executive, Alexi Robichaux, declined to say how much Harry would be getting paid. “It’s a meaningful and meaty role,” CEO Alexi Robichaux told the Wall Street Journal.
In a company blog post posted on their website, Harry said “… what caught my attention about BetterUp was that the company’s mission to unlock the potential in people everywhere necessitates innovation, impact, and integrity. Their team has been delivering on that work for years. I was also impressed by the scale and opportunity for impact – the ability to change millions of people’s lives for the better, through a combination of human connection, leading technology, and behavioural science. ”
Harry also wrote about first meeting Robichaux and said, “When I first met Alexi, we instantly recognised a shared passion for helping others realise their full potential. As our conversations continued, it became even more clear that we hold a similar philosophy on mental health: that we must proactively take care of our minds.”