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Fake News: Robert Soros (Son of George Soros) NOT Married To Sister of Adam Schiff

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:40:33 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Is Robert Soros, the son of George Soros, married to Melissa Schiff, sister of U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D)? No, that's not true: Melissa Schiff is not related to Adam Schiff and the marriage ended in a divorce several years ago.

The claim keeps popping up in a viral meme, for example in this facebook post (archived here), where it was posted with following comment:

See who's related to who... Soros again behind the scenes.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216359257391405

Here is an example of the image in question:

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It turns out you can make this up because somebody did.

Adam Schiff is the son of Edward and Sherrill Schiff, as has been reported in multiple places, for example here:

10 Things You Didn't Know About Adam Schiff

In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017, photo, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks with reporters about the committee's investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 1. Adam Bennett Schiff was born June 22, 1960, to Edward and Sherrill Schiff in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Melissa Schiff is the daughter of Marlene S. Schiff and Dr. Haskel Schiff as you can see in the actual announcement of her wedding with Robert Soros, son of George Soros:

WEDDINGS; Melissa Schiff, Robert D. Soros

Melissa Robin Schiff, the daughter of Marlene S. Schiff of New York and the late Dr. Haskel Schiff, was married May 5 to Robert Daniel Soros, a son of Annaliese Soros and George Soros, both of New York. Rabbi Dr. David Posner performed the ceremony at Temple Emanu-El in New York.

However the couple filed for divorce in 2014:

Billionaire George Soros' oldest son in nasty divorce

Billionaire George Soros' eldest son, Robert, not only followed in his father's financier footsteps, holding a top post at the family investment fund, he also inherited his dad's famous problems with women. The 50-year-old scion quietly filed for divorce from his wife of 22 years in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, The Post can exclusively report.

That means the marriage was already over before Adam Schiff even became a member of the House Intelligence Committee in 2015 where he later was involved in investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.

Updates:

: Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly had the word "daughter" in the headline instead of "sister". Note that the article body said "sister" and it doesn't change the conclusion: there is no family relation between Melissa and Adam Schiff so the claim in the viral image is still not true.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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