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Barack Obama is the only child born of Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. Other presidents have had half-siblings — see Ford's and this famously troublemaking half-brother — but none have spanned the globe like Obama's.
The president-elect has said that he's close to only his two sisters, Maya and Auma. But here's what we've been able to cull from Web search about Obama's half-sibs.
Auma Obama: Age 48, according to most sources. Born to Barack Sr. and his first wife, Auma didn't meet Barack until they were both in their 20s. She's married to an Englishman named Ian Manners.
Maya Soetoro-Ng: Age 38. Born to Obama's mother and Ann Dunham's second husband, Lolo Soetoro, Soetoro-Ng teaches high school in Honolulu. She's married to Konrad Ng, a Chinese-Canadian professor.
Malik Obama: Age 50. Malik met his half-brother Barack in 1985. Malik lives in Kenya (in Nyang'oma Kogelo) and runs an electronics shop.
Abo Obama: Age 40. This half-sibling manages a telephone store in Kenya.
Bernard Obama: Age 38. Bernard works as an auto-parts supplier in Kenya.
Mark Ndesandjo: Born to Barack Sr.'s third wife, Ruth Ndesandjo, Mark is Stanford-educated and lives in Shenzhen, China. He exports Chinese-made goods to the U.S. and reportedly shuns the spotlight.
David Ndesandjo: David was killed in motorcycle accident.
George Obama: Age 26. Obama's youngest half-brother. Homeless for years, now living in a Nairobi slum, George is working to become a car mechanic. About his situation, George told CNN: "I was brought up well. I live well even now.