A meme circulating on social media makes the claim that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the niece of billionaire philanthropist George Soros. This is untrue.
The posts state: “How many of you are aware that the female governor of Michigan is the niece of George Soros?”
Gretchen Whitmer is the daughter of Richard Whitmer, a lawyer and retired president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a health insurance association ( here ). Her mother was Sharon H. Reisig Whitmer, also an attorney, who died in 2002 after a lengthy illness ( here ).
George Soros had one brother, Paul Soros. Paul died in 2013 and was survived by two sons, Peter and Jeffrey, and his wife Daisy ( here ). Two of his other children died in infancy in tragic accidents ( here ).
Gretchen Whitmer did not marry either of George Soros’s nephews. Her first husband was Gary Shrewsbury. The couple divorced and in 2011, Whitmer married Marc Mallory, a Lansing, Michigan native ( here ). There is also no apparent relationship between Daisy Soros and Gretchen Whitmer or Marc Mallory.
False. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is not the niece of George Soros.
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