- South Africa has a connection to the projected US president-elect Joe Biden through his daughter-in-law, Melissa Cohen
- Joe's son Hunter Biden married South African beauty Melissa in a secret ceremony in Los Angeles in 2019
- Melissa is a Joburg girl who moved to the States in her early 20s to continue her studies in film making
The United States' projected president-elect Joe Biden has a South African daughter-in-law. Biden's second son Hunter married the South African stunner in a secret ceremony in 2019. Melissa is from Johannesburg.
According to reports, the couple married within a week of meeting each other. The 33-year-old beauty has one child with 50-year-old Hunter who was born earlier this year. There are many conflicting reports surrounding Melissa's childhood.
One of those reports said she was adopted into her Joburg family and that her mother is a social worker. We do, however, know that Melissa is a proud Jewish woman. She and her hubby even have matching Hebrew tattoos that read "Shalom".
According to Business Insider, Melissa was previously married to entrepreneur Jason Landver but they divorced within two years of marriage. Cape Town etc reported that Melissa is a naturalised American citizen and a qualified documentary filmmaker.
Melissa is also reportedly very passionate about the environment and other social justice issues like raising awareness around endangered animal species. The Sun reported that she co-owns a company whose purpose is to promote indigenous conservation.
She has been catapulted into the limelight since voting concluded in the US presidential election. Many South Africans have taken to social media to share the news that a Saffa has a connection to the White House. Take a look at some Melissa-related tweets below:
@PortiaW10406418 tweeted before Biden's win:
"Looks like South Africans are about to become step-children of America... Just a few votes to go before Melissa Cohen's father-in-law becomes US president."
"Melissa Cohen is a South African activist and filmmaker, best known as the wife of one of the top lawyers based in the USA named Hunter Biden."
In other news, the United States and the world at large grew to love Joe Biden when he served as the vice president under former President Barack Obama.
The former Delaware senator served alongside Obama from 2008 to 2016 and is now the projected president-elect of the United States.
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