Hunter Biden has had a tumultuous life in the political spotlight.
The 51-year-old, who is the youngest son of US President Joe Biden, was subject to Donald Trump's most personal and callous attacks on Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election, when he repeatedly attempted to use Hunter Biden's drug addiction and business dealings to discredit his father's campaign.
But now, after his father's election win, Hunter Biden has released a memoir in which he details, among other things, his career as a lawyer, his cocaine addiction and the pressures of being the son of Joe Biden.
Hunter Biden was at the centre of a political storm in 2020 when former President Donald Trump led a crusade against Hunter Biden, alleging his father illegally used his role when he was vice president to enrich his son’s overseas business dealings. Whilst the Trump camp insisted the Biden family are politically corrupt, Joe and Hunter always denied any legal wrongdoing.
But beyond the scrutiny over his public career, Hunter Biden’s private life has been filled with tragedy and personal turmoil.
Robert Hunter Biden was born in 1970, one year after his older brother Joseph Beau Biden (who, like Hunter, went by his middle name). Hunter Biden was the middle child of Joe Biden’s three kids to his then-wife, Neilia Hunter - the pair also shared their youngest daughter, Naomi Biden.
In 1972, Joe Biden won the US Senate election Delaware. Just weeks later, Neilia Hunter was in her car with their three children, on their way to purchase a Christmas tree. A car collided with theirs and Neilia and Naomi were killed. The two boys survived the crash but were left with serious injuries. Beau had multiple broken bones, and Hunter was left with a fractured skull - eventually making a full recovery.