She was born on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her real name is Alisa Zinov'yvena Rosenbaum. She was writing novels at the age of 10. Her father used to own a pharmacy and the building it was in. During the October Revolution, her father's business was confiscated. She discovered while in high school that she was an atheist. Ayn- like most burgeois students- was purged from university shortly before she graduated. Yet, she still was able to complete her work and graduate.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Coming to The United States
She was granted a visa in 1925. She took odd jobs to pay her basic bills. Married Frank O'Connor on April 15, 1929.
Why do people hate Ayn Rand?
Some people hate her because her philosophy is that the strong should live richer, and happier lives than the weak. She also openly hates homosexuality. She clearly believes in "every man for himself".