Hunter Biden

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Hunter Biden
Born Robert Hunter Biden
(1970-02-04) February 4, 1970 (age 44)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University (BA)
Yale Law School (Juris Doctor)
Occupation Lawyer
Political party
Democratic Party
Religion Roman Catholic[1][2]
Spouse(s) Kathleen Biden
Children Naomi Biden (daughter)
Finnegan Biden (daughter)
Maisy Biden (daughter)
Relatives Joe Biden (father)
Neilia Biden (mother; deceased)
Jill Biden (step-mother)
Beau Biden (brother)
Naomi Biden (sister; deceased)
Ashley Biden (half-sister)

Robert Hunter Biden (born February 4, 1970) is the second son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and stepson of Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden. He is a partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC and is Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a New York based-law firm.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Further information: Biden family

Biden was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the youngest son of former U.S. Senator and current Vice President Joe Biden, and his first wife, Neilia Hunter. His mother and younger sister, Naomi Christina Biden, were killed in an automobile accident in 1972,[4][5] in which he and his brother, Beau, were seriously injured. He and his brother encouraged his father to marry again,[6] and Jill Jacobs became Beau's stepmother in 1977. His half-sister Ashley was born in 1981.


Biden received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University; and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.[7] After graduating from college Hunter Biden was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest,[2] where he met his wife.[1]


From 2001-2008, Biden was a founding partner of Oldaker, Biden, and Belair, LLP, a Washington DC-based law firm.[8] He also served as a partner and board member of the mergers and acquisitions firm Eudora Global. Biden was chief executive officer, and later chairman, of the fund of hedge funds PARADIGM Global Advisors, founded in 1991 by Dr. James Park. At MBNA, a major US bank, Biden was employed as a senior vice president.[7] Following that, Biden was appointed by Bill Clinton to serve in the United States Department of Commerce[7] under Secretaries Norman Mineta and William M. Daley. He was director of ecommerce policy issues in the Department of Commerce.[7]


Biden is a member of the bar in the state of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Biden also serves as a member of numerous boards. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the World Food Program USA.[3][9][10] In addition to holding directorships on the Boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy, he sits on the Chairman’s Advisory Board for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). NDI is a project of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Biden is a member of the President’s Advisory board of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington; and a member of the board of the Israel Idonije Foundation. On April 18, 2014, Burisma Holdings Limited announced Hunter Biden's appointment to its board of directors.[11]

Biden is a former board member of several entities. On May 16, 2006, Biden was nominated by President George W. Bush to the board of directors of Amtrak.[1] He was confirmed unanimously on July 26, 2006 by the United States Senate for a term of five years, and was the vice-chair of the board until January 29, 2009.[12] Biden served as Honorary Co-Chair of the 2008 Obama-Biden Inaugural Committee and is a former board member of the CSIS Executive Council on Development and the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.

Personal philosophy[edit]

Biden maintains a personal philosophy that is rooted in service to others.

In speaking about his father, Joe Biden, and the importance of helping others, the younger Biden stated in a November 23, 2007 article by Linda Waddington the appeared in The Iowa Independent:

I think my dad has always had an idealism about what he does and he has passed that on to us. I think he feels more than anything if you can wade through the bad parts of politics, that what you really have an opportunity to do is help people. One thing I did learn is that you don’t have to be a United States Senator to help people. You don’t have to be an elected official to serve.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Biden is married to Kathleen,[1] and they have three daughters,[1] Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisy.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f All in the family: Hunter Biden, The Iowa Independent, Washington, DC: The American Independent News Network, 23 November 2007, Waddington, L., Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hunter Biden quits lobbyist work,, New York, NY: ABC News Internet Ventures, 13 September 2008, Hoppock, J., Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Friends of the World Food Program Board of Directors, World Food Program USA, Washington, DC: World Food Program USA, Undated.
  4. ^ Kevin Connolly (August 28, 2008). "Biden shows more bark than bite". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ John M. Broder (August 28, 2008). "Biden Opens New Phase With Attack on McCain". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (2008-08-24). "Jill Biden Heads Toward Life in the Spotlight". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  7. ^ a b c d Strasburg, Jenny; Weidlich, Thorn (January 31, 2007). "Lobbyist Hunter Biden is sued on Paradigm purchase (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Executive profile: Robert Hunter Biden Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York, NY: Bloomberg L.P., Undated.
  9. ^ WFP USA: The Philippines and honoring Bob Dole (video), YouTube, World Food Program USA, 16 December 2013.
  10. ^ The feed: December edition: Final helping: Philippines, World Food Program USA, Washington, DC: World Food Program USA, 18 December 2013.
  11. ^ Another Biden Has Waded Into the Ukraine Crisis - The vice president's son has taken a new role in the country's energy industry, National Journal, 13 May 2014
  12. ^ "Amtrak Board Names Thomas Carper of Illinois as Chairman; Former Chairman Donna McLean becomes Vice Chairman" (Press release). Amtrak. January 30, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2009. 

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