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Warren Buffett and Barack Obama Are Related

Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 10:47 AM ET

Warren Buffett and President Barack Obama are related, according to genealogists at Ancestry.com.

But you have to go back a few hundred years to make the connection.

In a news release today, the company says its research shows President Obama and Buffett are "7th cousins three times removed."

The common link: Mareen Duvall, a Frenchman who arrived in Maryland in the 1650s as an indentured servant and later became a successful, politically conservative land owner and merchant.

Ancestry.com's research shows Duval is President Obama's 9th great-grandfather and Buffett's 6th great-grandfather.

In the release, genealogist Anastasia Tyler has this quote:

"We've all watched Pres. Obama and Warren Buffett's ongoing association, from Buffett's official endorsement of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign to their sometimes differing views on economic policy. Like most family members, the President and Buffett may not always agree on everything, but this latest discovery confirming they are related may shed light on why the two seem to see eye-to-eye on many issues."

Or it may not. Seems like a stretch to me, but all in good fun.

Ancentry.com got some headlines in 2007 when it determined that President Obama and actor Brad Pitt are related. They are 9th cousins.

That means Warren Buffett is more closely related than Brad Pitt to the leader of the free world.

And if you're wondering, while Warren Buffett and musician Jimmy Buffett are friends, both play stringed musical instruments, and long thought a family relationship was possible, DNA analysis has determined they are not related.

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