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The object of our Famous DNA pages is to provide information for educational purposes and interest. This is a rapidly advancing field and the technology for reading and interpreting ancient and forensic DNA evidence is constantly evolving. Consequently the results of earlier studies, especially those published prior to the advent of next generation sequencing, may be unreliable. Inclusion of studies on these pages does not imply endorsement from ISOGG. Please read the full text of the our disclaimer page for more information. Any linked pages listed on this page may be broken down into DNA types or groups and there may be specific pages with additional information about a specific person or group.
- 1 Mitochondrial DNA
- 2 Y Chromosome DNA
- 2.1 Warren Buffett and Jimmy Buffett
- 2.2 Wyatt Emory Cooper and Anderson Cooper
- 2.3 Nick Donofrio
- 2.4 Tom Hanks
- 2.5 William Welles Hollister
- 2.6 Eddie Izzard
- 2.7 Matt Lauer
- 2.8 Nelson Mandela
- 2.9 Mike Nichols
- 2.10 Dr. Mehmet Cengis Oz also known as Dr. Oz
- 2.11 Chris Rock
- 2.12 Al Roker
- 2.13 The Rothschilds
- 2.14 Desmond Tutu
- 2.15 Spencer Wells
- 3 Sources
- 4 References
National Public Radio (NPR) host Guy Raz tested through the National Geographic Genographic Project in 2014. His mitochondrial haplogroup T1b3 was shared by Dr. Spencer Wells on the Ted Radio Hour which aired on October 24, 2014. 
Y Chromosome DNA
Warren Buffett and Jimmy Buffett
Warren Buffett and Jimmy Buffett belong to Y-DNA haplogroup I1 which is most common in and around Scandinavia. However, they are not closely related.
Wyatt Emory Cooper and Anderson Cooper
Wyatt Emory Cooper and Anderson Cooper belong to Y-DNA haplogroup R1a.
Nick Donofrio belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2.
American actor Tom Hanks, a descendant of William Hanks of Richmond, Virginia, belongs to haplogroup R1a1.
William Welles Hollister
William Welles Hollister, a famous Californian rancher, belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup R1a1. William was a direct descendant of John Hollister, an early colonist who immigrated to New England in 1612.
Eddie Izzard belongs to haplogroup I-M223 according to the documentary series Meet the Izzards.
Matt Lauer belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2.
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, belongs to Haplogroup E1b1a (Y-DNA) (also known as E-M2) typical of Bantu peoples.
Mike Nichols belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b.
Dr. Mehmet Cengis Oz also known as Dr. Oz
Dr. Mehmet Oz belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b.
American comedian Chris Rock belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup B (subclade B2a1). He is paternally descended from the Uldeme people of Cameroon.
Al Roker, United States broadcaster, belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup E, common among African peoples.
The Rothschilds belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2.
Desmond Tutu, South African retired Archbishop of Cape Town, according to a study on Southern African genetics belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup E1b1a1g.
Spencer Wells, the project director of The Genographic Project, is a member of haplogroup R1b.
- Wikipedia list of haplogroups of historical and famous figures
- DNA-Profils and haplogroups of famous persons
- Dienekes Blog Ancient Y chromosome studies
- Blog Links: thegeneticgenealogist.com