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Marc Mezvinsky: Everything you wanted to know about the groom (except his wedding details)

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits next to his daughter Chelsea and her fiancee Marc Mezvinsky at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 25, 2009. (Reuters/Chip East)

Marc Mezvinsky with his mother, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, when she joined Congress. (AP/Dennis Cook)

There's a wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., this weekend, and the nation is abuzz over how the bride's parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, have managed to keep their guest list under control (President Obama says he didn't get invited but that, hey, it's totally cool). There's a no-fly zone over the region. The bride's incognito trips to the Vera Wang salon have been tracked. TMZ has showcased the luxe Port-O-Potties allegedly rented for the occasion. Is there something else ... ? Oh yes: The groom.

Marc Mezvinsky won Chelsea Clinton's heart, and may also be the best-qualified fellow to survive such a pressure-cooker occasion. The 32-year-old hedge-fund trader is, like her, the son of two high-powered politicians who endured scandal and loss. Mom Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky was a popular correspondent for Washington's NBC-4 in the '70s and '80s later elected as a Democrat to Congress from Pennsylvania; she lost her seat after one term. Dad Ed Mezvinsky served two terms as a congressman from Iowa before Marc was born; convicted of defrauding investors of millions in 2001, he served seven years in a federal prison.

So what if there are supposedly 400 people going to his wedding? Mezvinsky knows crowds: He grew up in a blended family of 11 kids, some adopted, who frequently shared space with refugee families his mother took in. (He lives a little more comfortably now, in a $4.million condo he bought in N.Y.C.'s Flatiron District in 2008.)

And he's got extensive experience with having his love life scrutinized: He was already a gossip-column fixture at age 19. That's when the Stanford freshman showed prospective student Chelsea (a friend from childhood) around campus and got everyone buzzing. "I think it's an insult to young girls everywhere to say that someone as smart as Chelsea would pick a college because of a boy," his mother huffed to New York's Daily News at the time. "Marc and Chelsea are friends, that's it." Eight years later, they were dating.

Women's Wear Daily New York correspondent Rosemary Feitelberg will be online Friday, July 30, at 1 p.m. ET to discuss Chelsea Clinton's upcoming wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

See also:

Chelsea through the years (photos)
Presidential daughters (photos)
Rhinebeck prepares for Clinton wedding (photos)

By The Reliable Source  |  July 30, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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Could someone please explain to me why this wedding is such a big deal? Wedding of the century?? Give me a break.

Chelsea's wedding is getting exponentially more hype than Jenna Bush's wedding, which occured while her father was STILL President. So can we please compare, for the purpose of discussion, the hype of Jenna vs. hype of Chelsea?

While Chelsea actually did live in the White House and did grow up before the public's eye, her father hasn't been President for almost 10 years. And I've seen Chelsea in person up close...she's reasonably cuter than on TV...but Jenna is way more attractive, if one is to consider the beautiful princess factor. And I barely remember the press coverage of Jenna's wedding.

So what is the real reason why Chelsea is getting way more attention than Jenna? Could it be that her formerly-impeached father remains more popular than Bush was at the end of his term? Or perhaps just partisan favoritism?

Posted by: RambleOn | July 29, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Ramble, that is because everyone hated Bush and his redneck girl.

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | July 30, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I always get the two Bush twin girls confused. Which one is Jenna? Was she the "wild party girl" one who had an appendectomy right after the November 2000 elections?

Posted by: incredulousinBoyntonBeach | July 30, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I just clicked on a link that said, "what about Chelsea's finance?" Not fiance.

Posted by: sarahabc | July 30, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

me,too, sarah. I don't think she's covered by the Campaign Finiance Disclosure act.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 30, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Yep, it definitely says "finance". I was expecting to read details about her net worth.

Posted by: justmike | July 30, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

RambleOn! You are a red-neck Republican written all over you. Chelsea is one of the most level headed girls who handled her white house stay, Stanford,Oxford, education, her father's scandel etc. extremely well & she deserves the best. She was a teenager once. Did you ever hear her "booked for underage drinking"? She never embarrassed her self, her parents or the nation. She never did anything bad that her mother had to jump in & say- we are handling it, it's between her & our family, give us privacy.
The Bush twins have grown up to be good ladies, though they were brats as teen agers. Commendable that they didn't grow up to be Anne Coulters or Laura Ingrams.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | July 30, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

@RambleOn: How soon they forget. We wrote about the same number of stories about Jenna's wedding -- and everyone complained that was too much too!

Posted by: The Reliable Source | July 30, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I read all about Jenna's wedding in People magazine. Lots of good pictures too. I think that Jenna may have been a little more forthcoming about details for the wedding upfront, which leads to less curiousity. I remember knowing about her dress etc, and then of course there was the photo spread they provided afterward to look forward to.

Posted by: ginniemae | July 30, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Jenna's relatively low-keyed wedding at her family's ranch is looking better and better compared to the over-hyped event that is Chelsea's wedding. It's amazing to me that Chelsea consented to such a bloated affair. All of the wedding-cost factoids being breathlessly related by the media make the whole thing seem a bit 80's, --and Jersey Shore-like....

Posted by: jshay | July 30, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Ramble, um... her dad might have been president a long time ago, but her MOM kind of holds an important position NOW. Wow.

Posted by: psufan9 | July 30, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What was Jenna's wedding cost? $100k? Versus $3-5 MILLION for Chelsea? Let them eat cake, what?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | July 30, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The real question is: What will she do for a last name? After all, Mountbatten-Windsor is taken. Her dad's birth last name was Blythe, while his adopted name was Clinton. Marc has Mezvinsky, and I wouldn't be surprised if Margolies or Rodham made an appearance.

Posted by: huguenotklj | July 30, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

An investment banker....just what the world needs.....another parasite who does nothing useful, except make money for themselves by leeching off the system.


Posted by: dan1138 | July 30, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Er, sorry, hedge-fund trader......(even more useless and antisocial)

Posted by: dan1138 | July 30, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Just do not understand why the media continues to push the Clintons on us.
Are there no other people out there getting married. What about some of the war widows whose spouses actually did something for their fellow mankind. Seems that like attracts like as all these people continue to suck from a society they contributed to.

Posted by: gone2dabeachgmailcom | July 30, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Who really cares about this? A woman of privilege marries a man of privilege. I thought you Yanks got rid of the royalty fluff over two hundred years ago.

And a 32-year-old hedge fund manager who resides in a $4M flat in NYC...good catch for Chelsea Clinton, but he's no comparison to Prince William or Prince Harry.

We may be Canadian, but we're still saddled with the expense of supporting our royalty. At least the groom has an "honest" income from stealing money from pensioners, just like his dad.

America. All the world wants to be like you. It's a wonder, why?

Posted by: CharlesSorenson | July 30, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Is Monica invited?

Posted by: pamschuh9 | July 30, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Aren't there REAL newsworthy articles that need to be written?

Posted by: kathie2 | July 30, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The media is just in it's usual frenzy over a radical lefty. The daughter of a couple of grifters marrying the son of a covicted felon. These people are all just high class white trash. One thing you can't buy no matter how much money you steal. I remember well seeing pictures of Chelsea being poured into a car after becoming falling down drunk in some night club. Also, this is the second man she has shacked up with. Real impressive!!!

Posted by: somberjules | July 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

So tthe heirs to two rich white trash families tie the knot. One parent went to prison for crimes he got caught doing, the other parents are still milking the system for all they can get. If the security costs a lot, it is to keep out the press and pinkos with signs going after the new daddy in law. Hillary was against this wedding, due to the fact of the felon father in law friend. Sure makes Jenna seem more refreshing. Small wedding and good family.

Posted by: secjet1 | July 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Will her wedding dress be stained?

Posted by: secjet1 | July 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused as to why his mother is wearing a uniform while being sworn in as a Representative. Anyone know?

Posted by: logan303 | July 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

My daughter was the maitre d' at an upscale NYC restaurant several years back. Chelsea Clinton came in and made a point of talking to the staff and workers and thanking them. Jenna Bush came in, yelled and screamed at the staff when told she couldn't smoke and threw her butt at the manager.

Posted by: roscym1 | July 30, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

hes a crook working for goldman sachs. great union between corporate greed and politicians. an honoured american tradition. its the "democracy", and "freedom" we've all been waiting for.

Posted by: 875875868768768686 | July 30, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Son of a criminal Jewish fund manager and a lying mother

not a bad son in law for Clintons,

as a fund manager in another Jewish establishment, he is rightly following the genes inherited

May be Clintons might be able to save him the jail, when he swindles his investors

Posted by: chaffcutter | July 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So, the father of the groom is a felon, the father of the bride is an impeached president, the mother of the bride was accused of real estate stock fraud and the mother of the groom wears some crazy navy-knockoff uniform to be sworn in!!! :-)
Is this a great country or what!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | July 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

In my mind, I imagined Chelsea as a smart girl who could see the machinations of our political/economic elite from the inside and would decide that she be above it all. Now, I see she's marrying another opportunist who makes his fortune on OPM as a middleman, who's dad went to jail for crimes in, guess what - finance, and who's family is just another part of the p/e elite. I had higher hopes for Chelsea, but, alas, I expected too much.

Posted by: akitadog | July 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

CharlesSorenson: seriously, you want to bring up Princes William and Harry? Harry dressed up like a Nazi for fun, and William looks more and more like his father with every passing day.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that the Clintons are not lying awake at night worried about what we think (nor should they). Let them have their wedding. Chelsea's a nice young woman and I am sure that Marc is a nice young man. Give them a break and let them have a happy day!

Posted by: sdl63 | July 30, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Gawd! Get married already! Who in the Hell cares besides those involved?

Posted by: sperrico | July 30, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He lives a little more comfortably now, in a $4.million condo he bought in N.Y.C.'s Flatiron District in 2008.)

Where did he get this money? How could he afford a $4M condo at such a young age.
I smell somthing stinky here.

Posted by: secjet1 | July 30, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

He lives a little more comfortably now, in a $4.million condo he bought in N.Y.C.'s Flatiron District in 2008.)

Where did he get this money? How could he afford a $4M condo at such a young age.
I smell somthing stinky here.

Posted by: secjet1 | July 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I sort of think that it was Chelsea's decision not to invite the Obamas. She's made it clear that she controls the guest list and I think she still has raw feelings about the election on her mother's behalf. Children do that. And I don't think that Chelsea wanted her mother's former rival at her wedding.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 30, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Hillary is still going to run again for President and wouldn't want to have an additional personal link to Obama. My question is, why didn't they ever get Chelsea's teeth fixed? She always looks like she's holding a mouth full of marbles. And instead of spending 3 million dollars, they should have a small affair and donate the 3 million to a Salvation Army dental clinic? There are many poor people suffering from bad teeth.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | July 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Marc, America's wingman. From all the guys out here, thank you.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | July 31, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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