- Joe Biden was recently announced as the United States president-elect during the recent and rather gruelling elections
- The announcement has meant a lot of interest has been taken in Biden and his family background
- Briefly.co.za explores some interesting facts about the new president and his family life
Joe Biden and his entire family have become a major point of interest. Since his election as the next president of the United States, there has been massive interest from people all over the world about not only his plans for governing America but also his family history, personal life and background.
Biden was born in Scranton Pennsylvania in November, 1942. Biden finished school and went on to obtain a law degree from Syracuse University. Soon he was elected as a New Castle County Councillor in 1970 and became the sixth-youngest senator in American history when he was elected to the US Senate from Delaware in 1972, starting off his career in politics on a bright and early beginning.
A few years prior to that he married his first wife, Nelia Biden, with whom he had three children - Beau Biden, Robert Biden and Naomi Biden. In 1972 the lives of Nelia and Naomi were claimed by a horrific car accident while Beau and Robert suffered serious but not fatal injuries.
Years later, Biden met his now-wife Jill Tracy Jacobs Biden on a blind date. The couple had a child a few years after they wed. Their joy was short-lived after Biden's oldest son, 45-year-old Beau who was a US army captain, died from brain cancer, according to Biography.
Hunter, unlike Beau, seems to find himself a little more troubled, reportedly having had a drug abuse problem. He is married to a South African woman, Melissa Cohen, whom he married a short while after they met.
His last-born daughter, Ashley Biden, is married to a doctor and is a social worker who, according to Business Insider, describes herself as being very passionate about working for the betterment of people.
Biden also has a combined seven grandchildren - Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy, Natalie, Robert and two others.
In other Joe Biden Briefly.co.za news, United States President-elect Joe Biden has a South African daughter-in-law. Biden's second son Hunter married the South African stunner in a secret ceremony last year. Melissa is from Johannesburg.
According to reports, the couple married within a week of meeting each other. The 33-year-old beauty has one child with 50-year-old Hunter, who was born earlier this year. There are many conflicting reports surrounding Melissa's childhood.
One of those reports said she was adopted into her Joburg family and that her mother is a social worker. We do however know that Melissa is a proud Jewish woman. She and her hubby even have matching Hebrew tattoos that read "Shalom".
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