Strange Things About Chelsea Clinton's Marriage

According to Us Weekly, Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's relationship began like a Shakespeare play — they met as teenagers (they had a happier ending, of course). They became "really good friends" and stayed that way throughout college. After Chelsea graduated from Stanford and Oxford, she took a job at the NYC consulting firm McKinsey & Company, then moved on to the hedge fund, Avenue Capital Group (via The New York Times). Meanwhile, Marc Mezvinsky was still waiting in the wings.

His chance came in 2005 when Chelsea split with her boyfriend of four years, writer Ian Klaus. Two years later, the so-called paper-of-record reported that Clinton and Mezvinsky's friends observed them advancing to the "cuddly and affectionate" at parties phase, and the rest is history. What does Bill Clinton think about all this? He loves the guy. "Bill adores him. This is the son he didn't have," says a source told People in 2009"This is the relationship Bill didn't have with his father."

So has anything changed since their 2010 wedding? Let's take a deep dive into the strange things about Chelsea Clinton's marriage.

Are Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky the definition of opposites attract?

Despite growing up with politician parents and enjoying post-collegiate careers in private equity, Chelsea and Marc seem to be polar opposites. In the 2012 Vogue profile of the former first daughter, readers got a glimpse into their personalities. While Chelsea drops multi-syllable words in casual conversation, Marc describes himself as "just a nerdy Jewish boy from Philly." He adds, "But you know, Bill Clinton grew up with a dirt floor in Arkansas, so it's all relative."

"She's very much the yin to my yang. I don't want to say I'm aloof, but I definitely can exist in a cloud," he continues. "I walk into parking meters. She's the antithesis of that. She's like: This is where the parking meters go!" However, Marc being a bit of a self-described airhead makes him that much more endearing to those in Chelsea's circle. "He's a real mensch," Chelsea's best friend, Nicole Fox told the mag, adding, "We were always rooting for them to get together."

Chelsea's chief of staff for The Clinton Foundation, Bari Lurie, agreed. "He's this playful schoolboy stuck inside this wicked-smart, really astute adult body," she said, adding, "He's as happy goofing off as he is talking finance with world leaders. He's the best of both worlds." Another fun fact: Marc grew up with eleven siblings. Chelsea, of course, grew up with Secret Service and Socks the cat. We assume Marc appreciates the peace and quiet now.

Chelsea Clinton's 'royal wedding'

When you're the only child of a political dynasty, you can be assured that your wedding won't be a simple affair. "It's going to be very understated, elegant, but befitting a royal wedding for the U.S.," wedding planner Claudia Hanlin told Today at the time. "Understated." That's definitely one way to describe the undoubtedly epic party.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's 2010 wedding at New York's Astor Courts estate reportedly cost up to $5 million. According to the Daily Mail, here's a partial breakdown: an $11,000 cake, $250,00 for Chelsea's jewelry, $109,000 for "tables and crockery," $600,000 for glass-walled, air-conditioned tents, $500,000 for flowers, and $200,000 for extra security. What if the 500 guests had to use the bathroom? Per TMZ, they could visit the $15,000 porta-potties with porcelain toilets.

Guests at the lavish wedding included such megastars as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Barbra Streisand (per the BBC), but would you like to know why there are no pictures of anyone during the ceremony? Brace yourselves. Citing a "VIP Moment," The Federal Aviation Administration-enforced a no-fly zone over the Hudson River venue for a full 12 and a half hours, according to NBC News 4 New York. Take that, Harry and Meghan.

Was Chelsea Clinton's marriage in trouble early on?

Six months after they tied the knot, the "split" rumors started swirling. New York's CBS 2 alleged that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's young marriage was "collapsing under pressure from work and family" and that she was seeking an annulment. The publication based this on the fact that Mezvinsky was in the middle of a "three-month break from his job as an investment banker" in Wyoming to ski while Clinton stayed in Manhattan.

However, Daily News gossip columnist Carson Griffith told the publication that divorce wasn't in the cards. "I think a lot of people are hoping that there's trouble between Chelsea and Mezvinsky, but it's just not the case," he said. He added, "They're still in love. As for Marc's ski trip, Griffith said it wasn't a "relationship crisis," but rather a "work crisis for Marc."

During a 2012 Vogue profile of Clinton, her chief of staff at the Clinton Foundation, Bari Lurie, said the tabloid gossip taught the couple a valuable lesson. "None of it was true," Lurie said. "But what put a strain on them was that the stories were being written because none of us were paying attention to it. It was an eye-opening lesson. Chelsea realized, Maybe I need to get out there and demystify myself a little bit."

Meet the parents

Chelsea Clinton isn't the only one with politicians in the family. According to ABC News, Marc Mezvinsky's mother, Marjorie Margolies served a term in Congress after being elected to Pennsylvania's 13th district seat in 1992. Prior to her career in politics, Margolies spent 25 years as a journalist. 

His father, Ed Mezvinsky, served two terms as Democratic congressman, representing Iowa's first congressional district in the '70s. However, in 2002, the elder Mezvinsky pleaded guilty to running "a Ponzi-esque scheme" that defrauded nearly $10 million from investors. While Bill Clinton was still in the Oval Office, Ed pleaded for a pardon. 

"I have real reason to believe that without a pardon, charges will be brought against me in the very near future and that I will then be faced with a long and difficult process of defending myself, and ultimately the prospect of a long prison term," Ed wrote (per Politico). The disgraced politician's request continued, "I am humbled and saddened at having sullied my reputation and that of my family and having disappointed the many honorable and decent people who had confidence in me. I am prepared to try to make amends as best I can." Margolies also wrote to President Clinton, claiming that her husband had "worked tirelessly as an advocate for the poor, the underprivileged, and underserved" and deserved clemency. Ed was not issued a pardon.

Scott Baio started a conspiracy theory about Chelsea Clinton's husband

To say that actor Scott Baio is a big Trump fan would be an understatement. He's also a big fan of conspiracy theories. "Did you know???? Some Clinton connection I just discovered. So Chelsea is married to George SOROS nephew," Baio wrote on his official Facebook page. "Hillary's three top aides are Muslims and two are connected to the Muslim brotherhood. Are we getting the picture yet and what will happen unless Trump is elected? The Clinton — Mezvinsky — Soros Connection." Okay, then.

George Soros, of course, is the billionaire investor and founder of, Open Society Foundations, which funds liberal causes in America and abroad. The rumor made the rounds in right-wing circles until it made its way to Roseanne Barr — the queen of measured and reasonable political takes. Per Vox, Barr wrote, "Chelsea Soros Clinton," in a now-deleted tweet.

This caught the attention of Chelsea, who tweeted, "Good morning Roseanne – my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros's nephews are lovely people. I'm just not married to one. I am grateful for the important work @OpenSociety does in the world. Have a great day!" Fortunately, this section of the article has run out of tin foil. Moving along.

Is Chelsea Clinton the one bringing home the bacon?

Marc Mezvinsky makes his living as an investor, but there's one small problem: he can't seem to hold on to a job. According to Dealbreaker, a site that covers the financial industry, Mezvinsky seems to always fail upwards. After spending six years at Goldman Sachs, Chelsea Clinton's better half struck out on his own. It wasn't great.

He spent a few years at 3G Capital before going on his three-month ski trip, then decided to launch his own hedge fund, Eaglevale Partners. He took that hedge fund to Greece, seeing an opportunity to cash in on the country's economic revival after the 2008 financial crash. However, per The New York Times,  the fund closed two years later "after losing nearly 90 percent" of the $25 million it raised from investors. A few months later, Mezvinsky took the vice chairman job at the Silicon Valley investment firm, Social Capital. He was there less than a year. In Oct. 2019, he was hired as the managing director of the private equity firm, TPG.

All of this wasn't from a lack of trying. Politico reports that in a hacked email released by Wikileaks, ex-Clinton aide Doug Band claimed that Mezvinsky leveraged his connections with the Clintons to raise money for his hedge fund. Band also claimed that Chelsea was setting up meetings for her husband that resulted in investments from several major donors to the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons' campaigns. Yikes.

Chelsea Clinton and her husband live the high life

While Marc Mezvinsky is still trying to find a job that lasts longer than a few years, he can also count on Chelsea Clinton to make sure the bills are paid. According to the New York Post, Chelsea made $9 million in salary and stock options since 2011 by sitting on the board of internet investment firm, IAC/InterActiveCorp. The company is owned by Clinton megadonor Barry Diller. 

In 2017, Chelsea joined "the board of Expedia Group, earning an estimated $250,000." The company is also owned by Diller. And despite having no TV journalism — or any journalism — experience, Politico reports that Chelsea earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News as a special correspondent.

It's all paying off! In 2013, Chelsea and Mezvinsky moved into a $10 million New York City apartment described as a "luxury fortress" by the New York Daily News. According to the Daily Mail, the 5,000-square-foot apartment is the longest apartment in the city, "stretching an entire block from 26th Street to 27th Street off Madison Avenue."