Chelsea Clinton is the only child of former U.S. President Bill and former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She has made a career for herself as a successful author and has become known for her health advocacy.
Born in 1980, Clinton spent part of her youth in the limelight as a member of the First Family in the White House. Always a precocious child, she went on to attend Stanford University where she studied history, focusing her final thesis on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Following this, Clinton spent a year in the U.K. studying international relations at Oxford.
Chelsea Clinton has tried her hand at a number of different professions. In 2003, she joined New York consulting firm McKinsey & Company before moving on to work for hedge fund Avenue Capital Group. Clinton has also worked on her mother’s presidential bids in 2008 and 2016 as well as serving as a special advisor on the NBC news network.
In 2010, Clinton decided to return to Oxford University to complete a doctorate in international relations. Since then, she has played a prominent role in the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Foundation. The foundation aims to improve global health, create opportunities for women and promote economic growth. Clinton gives speeches at conferences and channels all of what she is paid in fees back into the foundation.
Aside from her work with the foundation, Clinton has made a successful career as an author of children’s books. To date, has published five books, some of which have ranked highly in the New York Times’ bestseller lists. Her latest book is titled Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe and is designed to teach children about species which are in need of protection.
Although Clinton has campaigned loudly on environmental issues, a scandal erupted when she was found to have travelled to a ‘clean energy roundtable’ in a private jet. Staged in 2016 as part of her mother’s presidential election campaign, the event was organized to bring together high-profile business leaders and public figures to discuss ways to preserve the environment. The meeting in Asheville, North Carolina was only approximately a five-hour trip by car from where she was working on the campaign in Greenville, North Carolina at the time.
Despite endorsing environmental causes, Hilary Clinton has also been criticized for her heavy use of air travel.