Gayle King

King in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Place of Birth: Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1954

Ethnicity: African-American, smaller amounts of English/Scottish

Gayle King is an American television television personality, journalist, and author. She is an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a close friend of Oprah Winfrey.

Gayle is the daughter of Peggy and Scott King, who worked for the U.S. government. She was raised partly in Ankara, Turkey. She has two children with her former husband, attorney and assistant attorney general William G. Bumpus.

Standing at 5’10 tall, Gayle has stated that she was made fun of as a child for her height, and that she would prefer to date men at least 6’4 tall.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2021) stated that Gayle’s genetic ancestry is:

*66.3% Sub Saharan African
*32.2% European

Gayle’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Beauregard G. King, known as “Fat Daddy.” The Rev. Beauregard was born in Bullock County, Alabama, and was a pastor.

Gayle’s paternal grandmother was named Carrie Bell Smith.

Gayle’s maternal grandmother was named Emma Louise Barnes/Brown (the daughter of a man surnamed Copes, and of Ella Barnes). Emma was born in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, to a white father and a black mother. Gayle’s great-grandfather was the son of Robert Elliot Copes and Rose Rowan “Rosa” Ellis.


Curious about ethnicity

1 Response

  1. passingtime85 says:

    You know what I find peculiar? On her episode of Finding Your Roots, when they showed her admixture results, there were slices they didn’t identify. As in they were there, but no percentage or designation were given to those slices.

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