Chelsea Victoria Clinton is an American author and global health advocate. She is the only child of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was a special correspondent for NBC News from 2011 to 2014 and now works with the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, including taking a prominent role at the foundation with a seat on its board. Take a look below for 33 more fun and interesting facts about Chelsea Clinton.
1. Clinton was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on February 27, 1980.
2. Her name was inspired by a visit to the Chelsea neighborhood of London during a Christmas 1978 vacation.
3. Hillary said that upon hearing the 1969 Judy Collins recording of the Joni Mitchell song, “Chelsea Morning”, Bill remarked, “If we ever have a daughter, her name should be Chelsea.”
4. When Chelsea was two years old, she accompanied her parents as they campaigned throughout Arkansas for her father’s gubernatorial race.
5. She learned to read and write at a very young age.
6. Chelsea claims that she started reading the newspaper by the age of three and also wrote a letter to President Ronald Reagan when she was only five years old.
7. In the letter, which was photocopied and preserved by her father, she asked President Reagan not to visit a military cemetery in West Germany, where Nazi soldiers were buried.
8. Chelsea attended Forest Park Elementary School, Booker Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School and Horace Mann Junior High School, both Little Rock public schools. She skipped the third grade.
9. As a young child, Clinton was raised in her father’s Southern Baptist faith, and later attended her mother’s United Methodist church.
10. On January 20, 1993, the day of her father’s first inauguration, Chelsea moved into the White House with her parents and was given the Secret Service codename “Energy”.
11. The Clinton’s wanted their daughter to have a normal childhood, and they hoped to shield her from the media spotlight.
12. Although her father was a Southern Baptist, Clinton was raised in and adheres to her mother’s Methodist faith.
13. At age four, Clinton had begun taking dance classes in Arkansas, and she continued her dance training at the Washington School of Ballet for several years.
14. During the last year of her father’s presidency, Chelsea assumed some White House hostess responsibilities when her mother was campaigning for the U.S. Senate, traveling with her father on several overseas trips and attending state dinners with him.
15. Clinton entered Stanford University in the fall of 1997 and majored in history.
16. The week before she arrived on campus, her mother published an open letter in her syndicated column asking journalists to leave her daughter alone.
17. Chelsea arrived at Stanford in a motorcade with her parents, Secret Service agents, and almost 250 journalists. For her security, bullet-proof glass was installed in her dorm windows and surveillance cameras were placed in hallways.
18. Clinton obtained a B.A. degree in history, with highest honors, at Stanford in 2001.
19. In July 2001, former President Clinton announced that Chelsea would be pursuing a master’s degree at University College of the University of Oxford where he had studied politics as a Rhodes Scholar.
20. In 2003, Clinton completed an MPhil degree in international relations at Oxford.
21. In the spring of 2010, Clinton also completed an MPH degree at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University and she began teaching graduate classes there in 2012.
22. Starting in 2010, Clinton began serving as Assistant Vice-Provost for the Global Network University of New York University, working on international recruitment strategies.
23. In 2012, Clinton received an award from the Temple of Understanding for her “work in advancing a new model of integrating interfaith and cross-cultural education into campus life,” together with Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna.
24. In 2003, Clinton joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York City, and she went to work for Avenue Capital Group in late 2006.
25. She served as co-chair for a fund-raising week for the Clinton Foundation, and subsequently became Vice Chair for the foundation.
26. She serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and on IAC’s board of directors.
27. In March 2017, Clinton was named to the Board of Directors of Expedia Group.
28. In September 2015, Clinton’s first children’s book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going!,” was published by Philomel Books.
29. On July 31, 2010, Clinton and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky were married in an interfaith ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York; she is Methodist and he is Jewish.
30. Following their wedding, the couple lived in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood for three years and later purchased a condominium in the NoMad district of Manhattan for $10.5 million.
31. Their first child, a daughter, was born on September 26, 2014. Their second child and first son, was born on June 18, 2016.
32. Shortly after her son was born, the family moved to the nearby Flatiron District. In January 2019, she announced her pregnancy with her third child, due that summer. Their third child and second son, was born on July 22, 2019.
33. Her estimated net worth is USD $15,000,000.