Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg welcomed their youngest child, Jack Schlossberg, in January 1993
Jack Schlossberg is the only grandson of former President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. He was born to parents Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg on Jan. 19, 1993, and was named John Bouvier "Jack" Kennedy Schlossberg after both of his maternal grandparents.
Jack studied at Yale University, where he completed his undergraduate degree, and at Harvard Law and Business School for his M.B.A. and J.D. He passed the bar exam in 2023 and, like many of his family members, is passionate about the environment and politics.
In 2017, Jack made his first live TV experience with his mother on the Today show, sharing that his family's history motivates him. “I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of. But I’m still trying to make my own way and figure things out," Jack said. "So stay tuned — I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Sometimes this family legacy can be a lot to carry. Speaking to PEOPLE in 2017 about comparisons between himself and his grandfather, Jack said that he was “trying to be my own person and do my own thing.” He continued, “We live in a really different time than he did, and I’m trying to figure out what I’m really interested in and what I want to do.”
Here is everything to know about former President John F. Kennedy’s only grandson, Jack Schlossberg.
He was born in 1993
Caroline and Edwin welcomed their third child and only son in New York City on Jan. 19, 1993. They named him John Bouvier "Jack" Kennedy Schlossberg in a nod to his grandparents, Jackie and JFK.
Jack has two older sisters: filmmaker and actress Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, born in 1988, and journalist Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg, born in 1990. Although Jack and his sisters grew up out of the spotlight, Jack occasionally posts photos of his siblings. In 2016, he shared a photo on Instagram with his whole family. "Love our packs, love each other to pieces," Jack wrote under the photo of the crew wearing business attire and backpacks.
He is an avid paddleboarder
Jack keeps active and often shares his love for paddleboarding on Instagram.
In 2017, Jack wrote an essay for New York Magazine's The Cut about paddleboarding around Manhattan for charity. Of the race, which raised money for environmental causes and autism advocacy, he wrote: “Before the whistle blew, I accidentally fell in the river trying to make some adjustments to my board. It’s true what they say: Nothing tastes quite like the East River.”
Jack added that he spent the rest of the race trying "desperately to catch up to three women half my height and weight — but I never came close.” He continued, “This [was] a familiar feeling for a younger brother of two older sisters.”
He lived and worked in Japan
Jack’s mother Caroline served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan between 2013 and 2017.
He moved to Japan following his graduation from Yale in 2015 — where his degree focused on Japanese history — and worked at the distillery company Suntory.
He graduated from Harvard and Yale
After graduating from Yale in 2015, Jack began classes at Harvard Law School in 2017. Shortly after starting, he told Boston.com he was already learning more than he expected. “Harvard Law School is great. I’m lucky to be here,” he said. “It’s a really difficult, intense experience. But I know so much more than I did the day before I got to law school, so that’s a cool feeling.”
He also told the outlet that it was “a little weird” to see his grandfather’s name everywhere. (JFK graduated from Harvard in 1940 and has buildings and a street named after him on the campus.) “My favorite restaurants are on JFK Street, so I definitely notice it,” Jack said. “It’s humbling, but overall it’s nice that it’s just out in the open. There’s no pretending that it’s not here when I’m at Harvard ... now I don’t think about it so much.”
In March 2022, Jack graduated from Harvard Law and Business School after completing their joint M.B.A. and J.D. program.
He is very politically engaged
Given his family history, it’s no surprise that Jack is both outspoken and politically engaged. In 2009 and 2010, he worked as a page for then-Sen. John Kerry; in 2011, he was a Senate intern.
In January 2020, he responded to former Vice President Mike Pence’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, in which Pence quoted Jack’s grandfather, JFK. The op-ed used the late president's quote to try and convince Democratic senators to break ranks and vote to defend then-President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial.
“I would argue instead that today ... political courage might require a Republican Senator to risk his or her own political future by breaking lockstep from the President and agree to hear from witnesses, review the evidence and put the national interest above their own," Jack wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
Later that year, Jack appeared alongside his mother Caroline in a video message for the Democratic National Convention. The pair recorded the message in support of Joe Biden’s candidacy. His mother began, “Sixty years ago in a crowded L.A. stadium, my father accepted the Democratic nomination for president.”
Jack added: “Times have changed, but the themes of my grandfather’s speech — courage, unity and patriotism — are as important today as they were in 1960. Once again, we need a leader who believes America’s best days are yet to come. We need Joe Biden.”
He passed the bar in 2023
Jack celebrated the next step toward his legal career in April 2023 when he passed the bar exam.
He announced the news on Instagram with a photo of himself paddleboarding in Manhattan, writing, “TFW passed the bar — Jake Cyborg, Esq!”
Speaking to PEOPLE at the annual Profile in Courage award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in October 2023, he said it "feels great" to have passed the bar on his first try.
He is a proud dog dad
In July 2017, Jack welcomed a new addition to his home: a puppy. “Gonna name him Fuki or Nutroll or Rabbit or Maestro or Big Data or Richard or maybe Pickle or Angus. He's my brother,” he wrote on Instagram.
A few months later, he shared with PEOPLE that he named his new puppy Chester. Jack said he chose the name because “he looks exactly like [former President] Chester A. Arthur.”
He has openly criticized his cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
In July 2023, Jack posted a video on Instagram criticizing his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who had recently begun his campaign for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination. Jack's video addressed a speech by RFK Jr. in which he shared conspiracy theories about vaccines and public health, including misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jack affirmed his support of President Biden and recounted his grandfather’s legacy as President of the United States before critiquing his cousin.
“Joe Biden shares my grandfather's vision for America,” Jack said. “That we do things not because they are easy but because they are hard and he’s in the middle of becoming the greatest progressive president we’ve ever had.”
Jack also credited Biden with ending America's war in Afghanistan — what Jack called “our longest war” — the COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump presidency. He praised Biden for decreasing unemployment and investing in environmental policy. “These are the issues that matter and if my cousin, Bobby Kennedy Jr., cared about any of them, he would support Joe Biden, too,” Jack added. “Instead, he’s trading in on Camelot, celebrity, conspiracy theories and conflict for personal gain and fame.”
He resembles his late uncle John F. Kennedy Jr.
Jack bears a striking resemblance to his uncle, the late John F. Kennedy Jr. In May 2023, he posted a series of photos on Instagram from a snorkeling trip, and a number of followers commented on their similarities.
JFK Jr., Caroline’s younger brother, died in a plane crash in 1999. “Jack is very much interested in John,” a friend of JFK Jr. told PEOPLE. “He has an ease and a sense of humor. And he loves being compared to him. John was a rare kind of celebrity who grew up with being famous and had fun with it and didn’t let it take over his life.”
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