Caroline Kennedy’s three kids are making their mark as part of their famed political family
Caroline shares her three kids with her husband, artist and designer Edwin Schlossberg, whom she married in 1986. She managed to keep Rose, Tatiana and Jack out of the public eye when they were growing up — an effort her parents, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, also made during her own upbringing, despite the intense media focus that often followed them.
Jackie taught Caroline and her brother, the late John F. Kennedy Jr., to follow their passions rather than try to meet others’ expectations.
“John and I were lucky because our mother was a strong woman with high expectations and a strong sense of values. She encouraged us to pursue things we were interested in and not think about what other people wanted us to do. Those were good lessons,” Caroline told Parade in 2011.
Caroline instilled those same values in her children. She and Edwin made sure to provide them with a private upbringing and allowed them to pursue their interests without the pressures of public life.
“I feel so fortunate to have had such great role models, and I hope that I have been able to pass some of the lessons they taught me on to my children,” Caroline said in a 2014 video shared by The Washington Post for Mother’s Day.
Now that Rose, Tatiana and Jack are adults, they continue to uphold their family’s legacy in their own ways. While they may not pursue politics, Caroline has said she hopes that “they’re able to make the world around them better for everyone living in it.”
Here’s everything to know about Caroline Kennedy’s children: Rose, Tatiana and Jack Schlossberg.
Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, 35
Rose Kennedy Schlossberg was born in New York City on June 25, 1988. She was named after her great-grandmother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. She spent much of her early childhood with her grandmother, Jackie, until Jackie died in 1994. Rose also bears a remarkable resemblance to her late grandmother and has been famously called a Jackie lookalike.
Despite her high-profile family, Rose’s adolescence was incredibly private. She attended the Brearley School, an all-girls private school in N.Y.C., and later attended Harvard University. There, she kept a low profile — although she once made headlines after she reportedly gave Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson a campus tour, according to the Boston Herald. Rose graduated in 2010 with a degree in English.
Following graduation, Rose continued her education at New York University and received a master’s degree in interactive telecommunications. Meanwhile, she worked as a production associate on several projects, including the TV series Brick City and the movie Hard Times: Lost on Long Island.
In 2016, Rose launched a comedic web series called End Times Girls Club alongside her close friend Mara Nelson-Greenberg. Originally conceived as Rose’s graduate thesis, the six-episode series featured two women sharing their “ultimate guide to apocalypse survival” — from a makeover using “apocalypse trash” to learning to make a compass.
“It came up as a response to seeing the way that New York responded to Hurricane Sandy, and how people were grossly underprepared — specifically, girls in damsel in distress mode,” Rose told Mashable. “I thought it would be interesting to create this world where girls have to be survivalists without compromising their cute factor.”
Since then, Rose has worked on various film and media projects, including a series of collaborations with Dover Street Market. In one video, which she starred in and directed, Rose showcased the importance of voting ahead of the 2020 election. She also co-produced and co-wrote Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a six-part docuseries for Spike TV. In 2022, she released her short film Small Gay Tragedy #1.
Rose lives in California and reportedly tied the knot with her longtime girlfriend, restaurateur Rory McAuliffe, in May 2022.
Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, 33
Caroline and Edwin welcomed their second child, Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, on May 5, 1990, at Weill Cornell Medical Center in N.Y.C. Growing up, she attended the Brearley School and the Trinity School, from which she graduated in 2008. When she wasn’t studying, she spent her summers at her grandmother’s home on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Tatiana went to Yale University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Herald. After graduating in 2012, she began writing for The Record in New Jersey. She later received her master’s degree in United States history from the University of Oxford in England.
“My grandparents, both of them, from what I understand, because I didn’t really know them, loved history and reading about history,” she told Vanity Fair in 2019 of her family’s work in writing and public service. “And that’s kind of how I’ve connected with them, by studying them and their time, but also the eras and patterns that fascinated them, and imagining where we would disagree. That’s an important way for me personally to connect with my family legacy.”
After graduation in 2014, she secured an internship at The New York Times and later became a writer for the publication’s Metro section, covering all things N.Y.C. She also penned the morning column New York Today. Tatiana later began writing for the Times’ Science section, covering climate change and the environment. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe and Bloomberg. According to her website, she is currently a freelance reporter.
Since working at the Times’ Science desk, Tatiana’s writing has focused heavily on the environment. In 2019, she began her newsletter, News from a Changing Planet, which includes articles and essays about climate change and other environmental topics. That same year, she published her book Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have. The book discusses the “unseen environmental and climate impacts” of the internet, technology, food, fashion and fuel, per Hachette Book Group.
Tatiana lives in N.Y.C. with her husband, George Moran. The couple met when they were both students at Yale and tied the knot in a private ceremony at Tatiana’s family estate on Martha’s Vineyard in 2017.
In 2022, Tatiana’s younger brother, Jack, shared that she and Moran had welcomed their first child and named him after their father.
“I have a new nephew,” he said on the Today show. “It’s a boy. His name is Edwin but I like to call him Jack.”
John Bouvier Kennedy “Jack” Schlossberg, 30
On Jan. 19, 1993, Caroline and Edwin welcomed their third child, John Bouvier Kennedy “Jack” Schlossberg. He was named after his grandfather, JFK, and his maternal great-grandfather, John Vernou “Black Jack” Bouvier.
Growing up, Jack attended the prestigious all-boys Collegiate School in N.Y.C. When he was still in middle school, he co-founded ReLight New York, a nonprofit organization that installed energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights in low-income housing developments. Jack graduated as high school valedictorian in 2011 and delivered the commencement speech.
Jack followed in Tatiana’s footsteps and enrolled at Yale University, where he studied history with a focus on Japan. He also wrote for several Yale publications, including the Yale Daily News and the Yale Herald — which he once promoted in a YouTube video. One summer, Jack worked at a toxic waste removal company as an environmental technician, cleaning up hazardous waste, oil tanks and spills in Massachusetts. He also volunteered as an emergency medical technician.
After Jack graduated from Yale in 2015, he moved to Japan, where his mother was serving as U.S. ambassador. Jack, who speaks Japanese, later began working at Suntory, a Japanese distillery, in global business development and assisted the CEO's office with speech writing and research.
When he returned from Japan, Jack continued his education at Harvard Law School and Business School, where he pursued two degrees in the joint J.D.-M.B.A. program. In early 2022, he graduated from Harvard, and in April 2023, he learned that he had passed the New York state bar exam on the first try, later telling PEOPLE that the accomplishment "feels great" (his lookalike uncle JFK Jr. famously failed the same exam twice). He celebrated the feat by paddleboarding along the shore of Manhattan — which has become one of his favorite pastimes.
Out of all his siblings, Jack has been the most public and has seemingly taken the most interest in the political space. During his freshman year at Yale, he wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times to address his late grandfather’s legacy. In high school, he also followed in his mother’s footsteps as a Senate page and intern for Sen. John Kerry. In a 2011 Senate floor speech, Kerry compared Jack to his late great-uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy.
“A sense of humor is not genetic, but apparently in the Kennedy family it can be inherited. In President Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, this quality seems to abide,” Kerry said.
Jack has also taken a large role with the JFK Library Foundation’s annual Profile in Courage Award, which celebrates “political heroes who put country first.” In addition to being part of the selection committee, he has also hosted the event on several occasions. During his first television appearance in 2017, he spoke with the Today show about the ceremony and alluded to his potential future in politics.
“I'm inspired by my family's legacy of public service. It's something that I'm very proud of,” he shared. “But I'm still trying to make my own way and figure things out. So stay tuned — I don't know what I'm going to do.”
Since then, Jack has been involved in his family’s political and philanthropic causes. In 2020, he made a virtual appearance at the Democratic National Convention in support of Joe Biden. During the event, which marked his first time speaking at a convention, he looked back on his grandfather’s legacy.
“Times have changed, but the themes of my grandfather's speech — courage, unity, and patriotism — are as important today as they were in 1960. Once again, we need a leader who believes America's best days are yet to come. We need Joe Biden,” he said.
Jack has also shared his political beliefs in several publications and posts online. On one occasion, he wrote that former Vice President Mike Pence and Congressional Republicans had “failed the test of courage” amid former President Donald Trump’s 2020 impeachment trial. In a 2016 essay for Politico Magazine, he condemned Sen. Ted Cruz’s suggestion that if his grandfather were alive today, he would be a Republican.
“Were my grandfather alive today, he’d be excited about how far we have come as a nation since 1963, he would feel a sense of urgency about the challenges that lie ahead and he most certainly would not be a Republican,” Jack wrote. “He’d be shocked by just how far the Republican Party has lost its way.”
In 2023, Jack made headlines when he criticized his cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential candidacy. In an Instagram video, the youngest Schlossberg said that Robert was “trading in on Camelot, celebrity, conspiracy theories and conflict for personal gain and fame.”
He added: “I’ve listened to him. I know him. I have no idea why anyone thinks he should be president. What I do know is, his candidacy is an embarrassment. Let’s not be distracted, again, by somebody’s vanity project.” As for what he has planned next, Jack is open to seeing where the world takes him. In early 2022, he said he had “no plans and no updates” about a career in politics but was still committed to upholding his family’s legacy in other ways.
In August 2023, Jack and his mother, now the U.S. ambassador to Australia, honored JFK by recreating his swim to safety from World War II. The feat occurred 80 years prior when the boat JFK was commanding was sunk by a Japanese destroyer near the Solomon Islands in Oceania. JFK and the surviving sailors swam more than 3 miles to shore — all while the future president was towing an injured crewman beside him. The group survived for a week without food and water until JFK orchestrated a rescue with the help of two Solomon Islander men.
“The swim was pretty difficult, I will say that,” Jack told the Today show. “So I have a lot of appreciation and admiration for what my grandfather did and the perseverance it must have taken to survive.”
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