On Friday’s 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it’s only natural to dwell on how the tragedy affected the nation. But while we remember and pay tribute to the charismatic 35th President half a century later, it is also relevant to assess the Kennedy legacy and look forward.
The Kennedy family has shaped the politics, news and minds of America. Their power and allure continues with the new generation of Kennedys. JFK’s grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews are making names for themselves in a variety of fields. Read on to learn more about the most recent members of the Kennedy family tree, and why you should expect to see their names in the news.
Jack Schlossberg: The Heartthrob
Relation to JFK: Jack is the youngest child of JFK’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg.
Claim to Fame: Twenty-year-old Schlossberg has recently received attention for his resemblance to his late uncle John F. Kennedy Jr. JFK’s only grandson graduated from the Collegiate School New York as valedictorian and is currently attending Yale. He also made news as an eighth-grader for co-founding ReLight New York, a project which raised money to provide affordable lighting for low-income housing
Joe Kennedy III: The Politician
Relation to JFK: Joe is one of the twin sons born to Sheila Rauch and Joe Kennedy II, who is the son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy.
Claim to Fame: This Kennedy is the first politician of the sixth generation. Following in the family business, Joe Kennedy III was elected to Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district in 2012, taking Congressman Barney Frank’s seat. The congressman, 33, serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Patrick Shriver Schwarzenegger: The Adorable Entrepreneur
Relation to JFK: Patrick is the firstborn son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Shriver is the daughter of JFK’s sister, Eunice Kennedy.
Claim to Fame: While you might recognize Patrick from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent scandals, the 20-year-old has been working hard to make his own name. Patrick started a philanthropic clothing line known as Project360, which raises awareness about issues like Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Shriver’s son has also done some modeling work.
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy: The Hipster
Relation to JFK: Kathleen or “Kick” is the second child of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily Black. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the second son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Sr.
Claim to Fame: Many assume that all Kennedys are destined to pursue politics, but “Kick” is one of the first from the family to venture into acting. The 25-year-old landed a role on The Newsroom and has taken method acting classes. “Kick” is also known for keeping it cool in New York City, frequenting pool halls and dive bars.
Conor Kennedy: The Heartbreaker
Relation to JFK: Conor Kennedy is the oldest child of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his second wife, Mary Richardson. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the second son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Sr.
Claim to Fame: Eighteen-year-old Conor soared into headlines when he was romantically linked to relationship connoisseur Taylor Swift. The pair briefly dated in 2012, splitting after a few months due to distance.
Robert “Bobby” Kennedy III: The Artist
Relation to JFK: Bobby is the first son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily Black. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the second son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Sr.
Claim to Fame: The 26-year-old descendant made news in 2011 for his directorial debut in theater. His one-act comedic play, ELEW: Live from Infinity, featured puppets enacting mythical stories about defending your musical high ground. Aside from this venture, Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson is also known for being photographed in fedoras.
Katherine Shriver Schwarzenegger: The Author
Relation to JFK: Katherine is the oldest child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Shriver is the daughter of JFK’s sister Eunice Kennedy.
Claim to Fame: In 2010, at 20 years old, Katherine wrote the book Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back. The book focuses on Katherine’s own struggles with her body image and provides advice for other young girls dealing with the same insecurities.
Nora Kara Kennedy: The Newborn
Relation to JFK: The second child of Patrick Kennedy II and his wife Amy. Patrick is the youngest child of JFK’s brother Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Claim to Fame: Nora is currently the youngest Kennedy alive today, born only this Tuesday. We’re sure fame and fortune await.