Ancestry.com on December 15, 2009, confirmed that President Barack Obama and billionaire financial investor Warren Buffett are related. The discovery, made by Ancestry.com family history experts, determined that the men are 7th cousins three times removed, related through a 17th-century Frenchman named Mareen Duvall.
Duvall immigrated to Maryland from France in the 1650s. He is Pres. Obama’s 9th great-grandfather and Buffett’s 6th great-grandfather. Duvall arrived in America as an indentured servant. By 1659, he had purchased property in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, which he later named “Middle Plantation.” According to historical records, Duvall was a planter and merchant and was “conservative in his political life.”