The daughter of Bill and Hillary, the former White House resident now lives in New York where she attends work as a correspondent for NBC news and is pursuing her doctoral degree at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Born in Little Rock, Clinton was named after the Judy Collins song "Chelsea Morning" and was thrust into the national limelight at the age of 12, braces and all, when she became First Daughter. She attended D.C.'s exclusive Sidwell Friends School and went on to Stanford, where her dorm room on campus was outfitted with bulletproof glass and Secret Service agents masqueraded as students as they trailed her from class to class. (She was known as "Energy" to the agents; Chelsea and her friends made a game out of occasionally ditching them.) After finishing her honors thesis—the subject: her dad's mediation of the North Ireland peace agreement—the newly minted grad went to England to earn a master's in international relations from Oxford, then moved to New York in 2003 to take a job at McKinsey.
Friends say Chelsea has her mother's ambition and her father's gift for remembering names and faces. Unfortunately, the teenage Chelsea also had an unfortunate combination of both of her parents' worst physical features, and she was mercilessly skewered in the press for being less than a beauty queen (poor Chelsea was just 13 when Rush Limbaugh publicly called her a "dog"; later, noted wit John McCain quipped, "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.") So it wasn't terribly surprising when, post-college, she had a major makeover including, it was whispered, plastic surgery. She's also significantly more svelte these days and is known for being something of an exercise nut.
Chelsea departed the world of consulting in 2006 to join the hedge fund Avenue Capital. In November 2011, NBC announced Clinton would be joining their ranks as a correspondent for NBC Nightly News and Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Kenyan electrical engineering graduate Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor offered Bill Clinton 20 head of cattle and 40 goats for Chelsea's hand in marriage and vowed to remain single until a formal answer was received. The answer was no, and on July 28, 2010, Chelsea married Marc Mezvinsky, a former summer intern in the Clinton White House and banker at Goldman Sachs, in Rheinback, NY. The couple lives in Gramercy Park.
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