Joe Biden's children have made headlines plenty of times in recent years, especially after his son, Hunter, ended up in the middle of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial and with a paternity scandal of his own. Hunter’s older brother, Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, sadly passed away in late May of 2015 from brain cancer. Barack Obama delivered a eulogy at his funeral.
The Biden family are no strangers to tragedy and grief. Joe’s daughter, Naomi, and his first wife, Neilia, died in a car crash in 1971. Biden later went on to marry Jill Jacobs (now known as Dr. Jill Biden), with whom he shares a daughter named Ashley.
While we will surely see a lot of Biden’s kids throughout this campaign, there are some other members of the family tree worth watching out for, too. His six grandchildren, who were all featured in this Vogue profile on their grandmother in March, range in age from newborn to 26 years old. Some have shown up in news stories and at campaign rallies, but for the most part, you can find them on Naomi Biden's Instagram account. The oldest of the grandchildren has posted several heartwarming cousin moments on her account, which prove that this group, who've spent their lives in the public spotlight, is tight.
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in March, Biden told the late-night host that during quarantine he socially distanced with Natalie and Hunter, Beau's children who live near him in Delaware.
"They walk over through the woods and through a neighborhood, and they sit out in the backyard in two chairs, and I sit up in the porch, and we have our conversations, because I'm not allowed to go hug them. I miss it."
Meet the Biden grandchildren.
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. She is named after Hunter's sister, Naomi Christina, who was killed in a car crash with her mother, Neilia, in November 1971. She's the only Biden grandchild who has a public Instagram account, where she posts cute family snaps like this one, with her cousin, Natalie (16). She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2016, in the same class as Tiffany Trump. Naomi studied international relations in college, and she graduated Columbia Law School in May during a virtual ceremony, where her grandfather was a guest speaker. She’s dating Peter Neal, who’s a student at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Together, Naomi and Neal made a website that helps Americans learn how to gain access to their stimulus money during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s also a supporter of her grandfather’s bromance with Barack Obama.
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Naomi can also be found providing colorful commentary on Twitter. "tweets permanently pending approval," her bio reads, jokingly addressing the spotlight on her social media. As a member of a high-profile political family, her tweets do offer insight into the Bidens' daily lives. On October 31, she shared that the family was listening to "The Man" by the Killers. During the October 22 debate, Naomi tweeted, "my pop is making the same faces as when I make him watch reality tv." And on October 30, she retweeted Trump's assertion that he's "Way ahead in Texas!" writing, "narrator: he was not way ahead in Texas."
narrator: he was not way ahead in Texas 🌵 https://t.co/O2k26mhPNF
— Naomi Biden (@NaomiBiden) October 30, 2020
Finnegan is the second daughter of Hunter Biden and his first wife, Kathleen. She was born in 2000 and named after Joe's mother, Jean Finnegan. She was photographed at the White House during her grandfather’s term as vice president but first came into wide public attention when she attended Joe Biden's rally last year at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Finnegan is now a junior at UPenn.
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.
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He skipped the Iowa Democrats Hall of Fame dinner last June to attend Maisy’s graduation and celebrate his daughter, Ashley Biden's, birthday. "One of my competitors criticized me for not going to Iowa to talk for 5 minutes," he said. "My granddaughter was graduating. It was my daughter's birthday. I would skip inauguration for that."
Natalie is the oldest child of the late Joseph Robinette ‘Beau’ Biden III and his wife, Hallie. 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."
Robert 'Hunter' Biden
Beau Biden’s second child goes by Hunter and was born in 2006, making him 14 years old. He's named after his uncle and seems quite content to be surrounded by the many women in his cousin lineup.
New Baby Boy Biden
Joe Biden’s son Hunter previously dated his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden, following Beau’s death, but reports of their split surfaced in May 2019. He reportedly tied the knot with South Africa native Melissa Cohen that same month, six days after they met. They welcomed a baby this March. Cohen’s brother told the New York Post that the baby is a
"beautiful and healthy baby boy." The couple was spotted on a hike in Los Angeles with their newborn in June.
Hunter also welcomed a child in 2018 with Lunden Alexis Roberts. Although he initially denied being the father of Roberts' baby, a paternity case found that he is the “biological and legal father.”
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