How many children and grandchildren does Joe Biden have?
|Dr. Jill Biden with her grandchildren, Naomi, Finnegan, Hunter, Maisy, and Natalie (25, 20, 13, 18, and 14, respectively). Photographed near their beach house in Delaware. Sittings Editor: Phyllis Posnick.Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, July 2019|
As former Vice President Joe Biden Jr. continues his 2020 presidential run after the virtual Democratic National Convention, he's clearly still as close with his family as ever, especially his grandchildren. Even during the pandemic, Joe explained, he still made the effort to speak with his family all the time:
This closeness hasn't changed since Joe has gotten busier. His older grandchildren, in particular, have recently made appearances for him and spoken about how close they are with the presidential hopeful. So who are they, and what do we know about them so far?
Who are Joe Biden's children?
Joe Biden has married twice and fathered four children.
His first wife, Neilia Hunter, later Neilia Hunter Biden, married Joe Biden in 1966 and had three children in total who are:
1. Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III
Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III was born on Feb. 3, 1969. He died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015. He is Joe's firstborn son with his late first wife, Neilia.
Beau joined the military in 2003 but was able to come back to Washington DC in 2009 for his dad's inauguration as vice president under Barack Obama's presidency. He also served as Delaware attorney general during his time in the military and after. He intended to further his political career but was diagnosed with brain cancer, which eventually led to his death.
He was married to Hallie Olivere, with whom he had two children, Robert Biden II and Natalie Biden, according to Popsugar.
2. Robert Hunter Biden
Robert Hunter Biden was born Feb. 4, 1970. He goes by Hunter and is Joe's second son with his late first wife, Neilia. He graduated from Yale Law School and also served in the Navy. He spent many years working as a lobbyist and an investment professional with several companies.
|Joe's eldest child Hunter Bident - AFP|
He was married to Kathleen Buhle, with whom he had three children, Naomi Biden, Finnegan Biden, and Maisy Biden. He and Kathleen divorced in 2017. Hunter married Melissa Cohen in 2019. He and Melissa had their first child in March.
3. Naomi Christina Biden
Naomi Christina Biden was born Nov. 8, 1971. She was killed in a car crash with her mother, Neilia, on Dec. 18, 1972. She was the third child of Joe and Neilia and died when she was just 13 months old when a tractor trailer struck the car Neilia was driving. Hunter and Beau were also in the car but only suffered minor injuries.
Joe eventually remarried Jill Jacobs in 1977 and had one daughter, Ashley, in 1981. Jill became Beau and Hunter’s stepmother and helped raise them upon her marriage to Biden.
4. Ashley Biden
Ashley Biden was born June 8, 1981. She is Joe's only child with his current wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Ashley has a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and puts it to use in her activism and daily life helping others.
|Jill, Ashley, and Joe Biden at the NYFW Livelihood launch event in 2017. GETTY IMAGES|
She's also been active in helping her dad campaign over the years, as said from The Sun. In 2012, she married Dr. Howard David Krein, an otolaryngologist and plastic surgeon. Together the two spend a large amount of time on charity and social work. Get to know all the people surrounding Joe in his presidential race when you keep reading.
Joe Biden's Grandchildren
Joe and his current wife Jill have seven grandchildren total. His oldest son Hunter is married to South African filmmaker Melissa Cohen, 32. The pair wed in May 2019 and their son was born the following year in March 2020. It is Hunter's second wife after his marriage to Kathleen Buhle in 1993.
|Biden and his family. Photo: The Boston Globe|
1. Natalie Biden
Natalie Biden was born in 2004. Natalie is the oldest child of Beau and Hallie Biden. The teenager is close with her cousins and has been supporting her grandpa's campaign.
She is 16 years old and was featured in a clip introducing Dr. Jill Biden’s speech at the DNC on Tuesday night. "I would say she’s not your average grandmother," she said of her grandma, per Today. "She's a prankster, she's very mischievous. When she goes on a run, sometimes she'll find like a dead snake and she'll pick it up and put it in a bag and she'll use it to scare someone."
|Natalie is the oldest child of the late Joseph Robinette ‘Beau’ Biden III and his wife, Hallie.|
2. Robert Hunter Biden II
Robert Hunter Biden II was born in 2006. He also goes by Hunter and is the second child of Beau and Hallie Biden. He's named after his Uncle Hunter, and despite being the only boy in the mix of cousins (until Hunter's youngest was born this year), he's close with his cousins.
3. Naomi Biden
Naomi Biden was born in December 1993. She is the daughter of Hunter Biden and his first wife, Kathleen. She's named after Hunter's late sister, Naomi. She's the only Biden with a public Instagram account, other than Joe and Jill.
She got her undergrad degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently in law school at Columbia Law. Naomi is the oldest Biden grandchild and was born in December 1993. She is the daughter of Joe’s son Hunter and his first wife, Kathleen.
|Naomi is the oldest Biden grandchild and was born in December 1993. She is the daughter of Joe’s son Hunter and his first wife, Kathleen.|
4. Finnegan Biden
Finnegan Biden was born in 2000. She is the second daughter of Hunter Biden and his first wife, Kathleen. Finnegan was thrust into the spotlight when she attended an Iowa campaign rally in 2019 with her grandpa.
Finnegan she also traveled with Joe internationally while he was VP and even joined him onstage during the Nevada caucus. She's named after Joe's mother, Jean Finnegan, and is a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
5. Maisy Biden
Maisy Biden was born in 2001. She is the youngest daughter of Hunter Biden and his first wife, Kathleen. Maisy grew up with Sasha Obama, and the two are close friends. She played basketball in school, and former President Barack Obama has been known to sing her praises.
|Maisy is Naomi and Finnegan's youngest sister. She was born in 2001, and she’s the same age as Sasha Obama.|
Joe told The Hill last year that his family and the Obamas had a joint graduation party for Maisy and Sasha when they graduated Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where Maisy played lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. "Her best friend is Sasha Obama. Barack and Jill and the whole family, we had a whole get together," Biden told a crowd in Davenport, Iowa.
6. Baby Biden 2018
Hunter welcomed shares a child, who remains anonymous and was born in 2018, with Lunden Alexis Roberts of Arkansas. Although Biden initially denied he was the father in a court filing, a judge on the paternity case ruled that he is the “biological and legal father” of the child.
7. Baby Biden 2020
The Biden family gained another member in March 2020 when Hunter Biden and his new wife, Melissa Cohen, welcomed a “beautiful and healthy baby boy” in Los Angeles, Page Six reported.
Joe Biden Briefly Appears To Confuse Granddaughter With Son In Verbal Gaffe
Joe Biden in a Philadelphia rally on Election Day appears to confuse his granddaughter with his son in a verbal slip, an opportunity used by the Trump campaign to snub the opponent, according to AFP, as said by The Outlook.
Biden was introducing his late son Beau's daughter to supporters in Pennsylvania when he called her "none other than my son Beau Biden". Beau had passed away from brain cancer in 2015. Biden quickly corrected the gaffe to say, "this is my granddaughter Natalie" before realising he had put his arm around a different grandchild, and swiftly wrapped his arm around Natalie instead.
Biden is a former stutter who has been pulled up by the opposition for mixing his words. Ahead of the casting of final votes and the election to be called, the confusion on stage was seized by President Donald Trump's campaign as a reminder of his old age.
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