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Marc Mezvinsky, 31, will marry Chelsea Clinton, 29, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the summer of 2010. In this wedding, certain to be one of the social events of the season, the bride is more famous than the groom. But he also comes from a political family, one that is also no stranger to wrongdoing and controversy -- and he, too, has a strong-willed and well-known mother.

Mezvinsky
also has a successful Wall Street career. He currently works at the hedge fund G3 Capital and previously was an investment banker at the behemoth Goldman Sachs.

"He's great. He's a great human being," Bill Clinton said of his future son-in-law on Tuesday as
he departed a symposium at Columbia University in New York. The former president's spokesman confirmed the engagement Monday after State Department officials refused to comment on the wedding plans, citing Chelsea Clinton's right to privacy in her personal life.

Marc Mezvinsky is the son of two former members of Congress. His mother, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D-Pa.), served one term (1992-1994) and his father, Edward M. Mezvinsky (D-Iowa), served two (1973-1977.) Ed Mezvinsky pleaded guilty in 2002 to swindling dozens of investors out of $10 million and served five years in prison. He was released in April 2008, but remains on federal probation and still owes almost $9.4 million in restitution to his victims. Neither the Clintons nor Marjorie, from whom he is now divorced, would comment on whether Ed Mezvinsky will attend his son's wedding, according to ABC.

In 2008, Marc Mezvinsky bought a condominium in the Flatiron district of Manhattan valued at roughly $3.8 million. According to New York Magazine, he toured the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom condo with then-girlfriend Chelsea, after they looked at other properties in downtown New York during the fall of 2007. Chelsea Clinton lives near Gramercy Park, a few blocks from her fiancé.

The inter-faith couple -- Mezvinsky is Jewish and Clinton is Methodist -- was seen attending a Yom Kippur prayer service in September at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In 2007, Chelsea Clinton had Sabbath dinner at her friend Daniela Amini's parents' home in the hope of learning more about Judaism, according to a New York Times article. It is not known if the wedding ceremony will be performed by a rabbi, a minister or a civil officiant.

The wedding date has not been set, but it is expected to take place on Martha's Vineyard, the Clinton family's frequent summer vacation spot. The couple revealed their plans around Thanksgiving in the most modern method possible: They announced the engagement to friends on Friday via blast e-mail.

Mezvinsky met Chelsea in 1993 when both teenagers were with their parents at the so-called "Renaissance Weekend," a Democratic political retreat in Hilton Head, S.C., and established a close friendship. When Clinton was choosing colleges in 1997, Mezvinsky gave her a tour of Stanford University, which he was attending.

When Clinton announced she would attend Stanford and rumors swirled that her decision was based on a romantic relationship with Mezvinsky, his mother denied this, saying, "They're really good friends, just dear friends." She also told the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time: "My kids really have friends of the opposite sex and they're genuinely friends, and I think that's what Marc and Chelsea are."

At Stanford, Mezvinsky was a serious student, majoring in finance. He also tried out for the crew team, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. It remains unclear if the couple's relationship was romantic before they started openly dating in 2005, when both were living in New York City.

Over the years, while
Mezvinsky's mother played down her son's relationship with Chelsea, Marc's father bragged about it to potential targets of his schemes, and even used his son's bank account to keep money transfers hidden, according to a 2007 New York Times article.

The son, who
is described as self-assured and good humored, according to the Times, is known for his confidence and teasing sense of humor, and was not aware of his father's fraud. Marc Mezvinsky was born on Dec, 15, 1977. He grew up in a 15-room home in Philadelphia's tony Main Line neighborhood in a blended family of 11 children, stepchildren and adopted children of the Mezvinskys, according to the Inquirer.

His mother was a correspondent for NBC News who became known in the early 1970s for adopting two foreign children as a single woman. In 1975 she married Mezvinsky, who was a member of Congress at the time and a divorced father of four daughters. After Ed Mezvinsky was defeated for re-election in 1976, he worked at the United Nations, and later campaigned unsuccessfully for both a Senate seat and Pennsylvania attorney general.

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky narrowly won election to Congress in 1992, but she lost her re-election bid primarily because she cast the deciding vote for President Clinton's tax bill, which was unpopular with her constituents.

"She earned an honored place in history, with a vote she shouldn't have had to cast," Bill Clinton wrote in "My Life," his 2004 memoir.

Margolies-Mezvinsky attempted a political comeback in 2000 by running for Senate, but had to drop out due to her husband's financial and legal troubles.

Details on the wedding and engagement are still clouded in mystery. Inquiring minds want to know: How did they get engaged and where? What does the ring look like? What designer will make Chelsea Clinton's dress? Will she take her husband's last name after their marriage? And, as Hillary Clinton is inevitably asking, when do the Clintons become grandparents?

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you said Marc Mezvinsky was born on Dec, 15, 1977 and his age is 31...how come you came up with your age calculation .

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