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The man that Malia Obama locked lips with at the Harvard/Yale football tailgate was the valedictorian of one England’s premier boarding schools. Rory Farquharson, 19, was revealed on November 22 to be the man who made out with the former first daughter on November 18. During the pre-game partying, Malia, 19 was also pictured having a cigarette. Farquharson joined Harvard in the fall of 2016 while Malia followed in her parents footsteps by enrolling at the ivy League school in the fall of 2017.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. When Farquharson Began at Harvard He Wrote on Facebook: ‘So it Begins’
In August 2016, Farquharson posted a photo of himself to Facebook with pals outside of Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the caption, “So it begins.” The only other pieces of information that can really be taken from Farquharson’s Facebook page is that he grew up in London and attends Harvard as a member of the class of 2020.
2. Farquharson Was Considered ‘Quite a Catch’ in High School
Farquharson was head boy or valedictorian of his high school, Rugby School, during his senior year 2015-16. A source who attended the school with Farquharson referred to Malia’s new squeeze as “quite a catch. He was very popular,” according to the Daily Mail.
Online records show that the tuition fees for Rugby School are in the region of $35,500, per year. During his time at the school, records show he played for both the school rugby and golf teams. Farquharson was not a total jock however, a school newsletter shows that he was also a member of the chemistry club known as the Blue Bunsen Society. The Daily Mail article adds that in 2015, Farquharson made a cameo in a video about the Rugby World Cup that also featured Prince Harry.
3. Farquharson’s Father Is a High-Rolling Banker in London
According to his Twitter page, Farquharson spent part of the summer of 2017 in Northern Ireland working for the Center for Democracy and Peace Building in Northern Ireland. For the record, Farquharson follows Trump on Twitter but not President Obama. Although his last tweet was an article that was severely critical of Trump and the populism that got him elected.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Farquharson’s father if Charles Farquharson, 57, the chief executive of Insight Investment Management Limited in London. While the Telegraph also reports that his mother is Catherine Farquharson, 54, is a certified accountant who sits on the boards of financial tribunals in London.
4. Malia Was Previously Linked to Art Dealer Rob Franklin
While Sasha Obama finds romance at a music festival, her sister has been linked to Stanford graduate named Rob Franklin. Malia Obama has been working as an intern at Harvey Weinstein’s office in New York City since leaving the White House. According to his LinkedIn page, Franklin works at the art dealer website Artsy.net and speaks three other languages, Spanish, French and Chinese.
4. President Obama Previously Said He Felt Sorry for Boys Who Tried to Date His Daughters
Back in November 2016, President Obama told a radio station in Raleigh, North Carolina, about his feelings regarding boys dating his daughters. The president said:
The truth is, I’m pretty relaxed about it for two reasons. One is Michelle. She’s taught- she’s such a great example of how she carries herself, her self-esteem, not depending on boys to validate how you look or you know, not letting yourself be judged by anything other than your character and intelligence.
And hopefully, I’ve been a good example in terms of how I’ve shown respect to my wife. So I don’t worry about it because they’re really solid, smart girls- young ladies now.
The president continued, “The other reason is because they’ve had Secret Service. There’s only so much these guys can do. These poor young men come by my house and… No, they have an idea, I describe for them.