Which notable or notorious Twitter super-user are you most closely connected to?

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With Elon Musk all over the internet these days, we're looking at his ancestry in the WikiTree Challenge and his connections in the Connection Finder. Featured alongside Elon are other Twitter notable (and notorious) users:

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WikiTree profile: Elon Musk
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (761k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
I am most closely connected to Michelle Obama at 16 degrees, Taylor Swift at 17 degrees (my 8th cousin), Kanye West at 18 degrees, Joe Biden and Bill Gates at 19 degrees, Elon Musk at 20 degrees, Justin Bieber and Donald Trump at 21 degrees, Jack Dorsey at 22 degrees, Emmanuel Macron at 30 degrees and J.K. Rowling at 32 degrees.

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+18 votes
I am most closely connected to Bill Gates, JK Rowling and Taylor Swift at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (271k points)
+20 votes

Oddly it's Kanye West at 19* through the Kardashians, to the Cathcart sisters in 1700 Massachusetts Colony.  

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Connection&action=connect&person1Name=West-18&person2Name=Cunningham-10584&relation=0&ignoreIds=    surprise

by Brad Cunningham G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
Hi Brad! Hope you are doing well! I have kinship with five of these Notable/Notorious. Yours is an interesting connection.
+20 votes

16 degrees from Bill Gates and 7th cousins once removed; common ancestors, William Willett and Mary Griffith of Prince George's County, Maryland.

Also 16 degrees and 7C1R to Taylor Swift; common ancestors, Charles Word and Sarah Collins.

17 degrees from Michelle Obama, no blood relationship (Barack Obama's 6th great-uncle Samuel Grable married my 5th great-aunt Rebecca Bridwell, and he's my 10th cousin through Mareen Duvall of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and his 2nd wife Susannah).

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (215k points)
edited by C Handy
+19 votes
17 degrees from Taylor Swift (8th cousin) is the closest.
by Roger Stong G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
+18 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (270k points)
+18 votes

Justin Bieber and I are 9th cousins once removed

Taylor Swift - 10th cousins

Bill Gates - 12th cousins once removed

Michelle Obama - 23rd cousins

Elon Musk - 25th cousins 3x removed

Oddly, I'm 27 degrees from Emmanuel Macron, no direct relationship. 

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
+16 votes

I am most closely connected to Bill Gates and Kanye West at 18 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+17 votes
22 degrees from JK Rowling

25 degrees from Michelle Obama

25 degrees from Taylor Swift

25 degrees from Emmanuel Marcon

26 degrees from Bill Gates

27 degrees from Kayne West

27 degrees from Joseph Biden

28 degrees from Donald Trump

28 degrees from Elon Musk

30 degrees from Justin Bieber

36 degrees from Jack Dorsey
by Roy Tonkin G2G Astronaut (3.7m points)
+18 votes
Bill Gates is 22 degrees.
by Nicci Hartland G2G6 Mach 1 (18.1k points)
+17 votes

Elon Musk - 25 cousin 1x removed

Joe Biden - 24 degrees

Justin Bieber - 7th cousin 1x removed

Jack Dorsey - 27 degrees

Michelle Obama - 20th cousin 5xs removed

Emmanuel Macron - 24 degrees

JK Rowling- 34 degrees

Taylor Swift - 8th cousins 2xs removed

Donald Trump - 25 degrees

Kayne West - 23 degrees

Bill Gates - 22 cousin 4xs removed

by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (168k points)
+19 votes
Both Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are 10th cousins
by Shelly Burmeister G2G2 (2.8k points)
+17 votes
16 degrees from Bill Gates (11th cousins)
18 degrees from Michelle Obama (16th cousins, 1x removed)
19 degrees from Justin Bieber (9th cousins)
19 degrees from Taylor Swift (9th cousins, 2x removed)
19 degrees from Elon Musk (10th cousins)
20 degrees from Joseph Biden
22 degrees from Donald Trump
22 degrees from Kanye West
25 degrees from Jack Dorsey
30 degrees from Emmanuel Macron
33 degrees from JK Rowling
by Mike Wells G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+17 votes
  • Elon Musk - 26th cousin 2x removed, 23 degrees
  • Joseph Biden - 21 degrees
  • Justin Bieber - 11th cousin (no times removed), 20 degrees
  • Jack Dorsey - 29 degrees
  • Bill Gates - 10th cousin 1x removed, 20 degrees
  • Emmanuel Macron - 30 degrees
  • Michelle Obama - 19th cousin 1x removed, 22 degrees
  • JK Rowling - 29 degrees
  • Taylor Swift - 8th cousin 2x removed - 18 degrees
  • Donald Trump - 24 degrees
  • Kanye West - 24 degrees
by Jennifer Fulk G2G6 Mach 6 (62.1k points)
+18 votes
I am most closely related to Bill Gates, 8th cousin twice removed, and Taylor Swift 8th cousin, once removed.
by Marilyn Kenyon G2G6 Mach 3 (31.1k points)
Hi Marilyn,

We are 9th cousins once removed, through shared ancestor Thomas Flagg. I checked because of the similarity of our results.
Oh, interesting!
+18 votes
Biden is my 7th cousin through Abraham LeFevre which I believe is unproven in his tree, though it’s the given line on Wikitree.
by Melanie Stewart G2G6 (6.8k points)
Was Abraham LeFevre a Huegenot, Melanie? Agree it should be fixed.

It looks like he was a Huegenot, Palatinate, so on  > https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lefevre-82

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/LeFevre-53

Correct. Our common ancestor is LeFevre-53. 

I believe it’s his daughter LeFevre-60 which is unproven. 

+17 votes
Joe Biden and I are 6th cousins.
by Deena Cross G2G6 Mach 5 (52.1k points)
+16 votes
Well that's quite a mix of personalities. Bill Gates is closest at 17 degrees, with Taylor Swift a close second at 18. Joseph Biden and Michelle Obama round out the closer ones at 19 degrees.

Taylor Swift is also an 8th cousin once removed.  Amusingly, a cousin's daughter has been mistaken on the street for Taylor Swift (tall, blonde, stylish . . .).  It's a different side of the family, so we can't credit that to shared genes, I'm afraid.

Bill Gates is also a cousin - 9th twice removed.  There are a couple more too far removed to mention.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 8 (87.3k points)
+14 votes
17 degrees from Taylor Swift (her 6th great-grand uncle's son married my 3rd great grand aunt).  Taylor is also a cousin--9th cousin, twice removed.

More cousins in this group:

Justin Bieber--9th cousin

Bill Gates--11th cousin, once removed

Michelle Obama--17th cousin, twice removed

Elon Musk--24th cousin, once removed (some uncertainty in Elon's portion of the tree, however)
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
+13 votes
My closest connection is Michelle Obama, at 17 degrees; however, this goes through one profile without any sources at all (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Robinson-20204), so not sure how trustworthy this connection might be.  My next closest connection is 20 degrees from Taylor Swift.  

Cousins in this group:

Taylor Swift, 10th cousin, 3 times removed

Bill Gates, 14th cousin

Michelle Obama, 20th cousin

Justin Bieber, 20th cousin, twice removed

Elon Musk, 25th cousin (some uncertain links in Elon's tree)
by Sean Delius G2G6 Mach 4 (46.2k points)

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