Facts about Malia Obama

Malia Obama is 22 years old
Born: July 4, 1998
Best known as: The older daughter of President Barack Obama


Malia Obama Biography

Malia Ann Obama is the oldest daughter of Barack Obama, who was president of the United States from 2009-2017. She entered Harvard University in 2017.

Malia Obama was born in 1998 to Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, who were married in 1992. Malia and her younger sister Sasha attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago. Malia Obama entered the fifth grade in 2008; she and her sister began attending Sidwell Friends School in January of 2009 after her family moved to Washington, D.C. for her father’s inauguration.  In 2012, her father was re-elected for a second four-year term as president, and he served in the office until being succeeded by Donald Trump on January 20, 2017.

Malia Obama was 18 years old when her father finished his second term. She graduated from high school in May of 2016; that same month, the White House announced that Malia would attend Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2017, saying in a statement: “The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021. Malia will take a gap year before beginning school.”

Malia’s gap year included an extended trip to Bolivia and Peru in 2016, and The Hollywood Reporter reported in January of 2017 that she would work as an intern for Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein that spring. She arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in August of 2017 to begin her studies at Harvard.

Extra credit

In the past, many sources listed Malia Obama’s birth year as 1999. However, 1998 is the correct year. She was widely reported to be celebrating her 10th birthday in July of 2008, while her father was campaigning for president. In a video interview with Access Hollywood that year, Barack Obama can be heard joking with Malia that she “started in a hospital on [the] Fourth of July ten years ago.”


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