Mother: Bella Olmert
Marriage: Aliza Olmert,
artist and playwright
Children: two sons: Ariel and Shaul, and three daughters: Dana, Michal and Shuli
Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A., 1968 (psychology and philosophy), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, L.L.B., 1973 (law)
Military service: Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Combat Infantry Unit Officer
Olmert grew up in a settlement called Nahalat Jabotinsky near present-day Binyamina.
Elected mayor of Jerusalem in 1993; Olmert defeated Teddy Kollek with 59% of the vote. Kollek had been mayor since 1965.
He was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2007.
1971 - Completes military service in the IDF as a military correspondent for the journal "Bamachane."
1973 - Becomes the youngest person ever elected to the Knesset.
1975-1978 - Practices law in a private firm.
1988-1990 - Olmert is appointed minister without portfolio, responsible for minority affairs, by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.
1990-1992 - Minister of Health.
1993-2003 - Mayor of Jerusalem.
1998 - Resigns from the Knesset, in keeping with an amendment to the Basic Laws of Israel that forbids Knesset members from holding other public offices.
February 2003 - Is re-elected to the Knesset and named vice prime minister. Olmert is also named minister of industry, trade and labor.
August 9, 2003-January 10, 2005 - Minister of Communication.
August 9-November 7, 2005 -
Acting Minister of Finance, replacing Benjamin Netanyahu.
November 7, 2005 - Olmert is appointed Minister of Finance
November 2005 -
Leaves the Likud party and joins Ariel Sharon
to form the new Kadima party.
January 5, 2006 - Is named acting prime minister after Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke.
March 28, 2006 - The Kadima party wins the largest number of parliamentary seats, ensuring that Olmert will be the next prime minister.
May 4, 2006 - Is sworn in as the 12th prime minister of Israel.
May 26, 2006 - Addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
May 8, 2008 - Israeli police and the Ministry of Justice reveal they are investigating Olmert for receiving money illegally while he was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister.
July 30, 2008 - Olmert announces his intention to resign as prime minister when Kadima elects a new chairman.
September 18, 2008 -
Tzipi Livni becomes the leader of the Kadima party.
September 20, 2008 - Announces his resignation shortly after police recommend charges in corruption probes surrounding him. He continues as caretaker prime minister until a successor is sworn in.
March 31, 2009 - Benjamin Netanyahu is sworn in as prime minister.
August 30, 2009 - Is indicted in several corruption cases on charges including fraud and breach of trust.
September 25, 2009-July 10, 2012 - Olmert's corruption trial ends after almost three years with him being found guilty of breach of trust, and being acquitted on two corruption-related charges (from 2008).
January 5, 2012 - Is indicted on bribery charges, along with 14 others, in connection with three Jerusalem real estate projects, known as the Holyland Affair.
September 24, 2012 - Is ordered to pay a fine of 75,000 New Israeli Shekels (about $19,000) and given a one year suspended jail sentence
for the breach of trust conviction. As part of his sentencing he is cleared to run for political office.
March 31, 2014 - Is convicted of bribery charges related to the Holyland Affair.
May 13, 2014 - Olmert is sentenced to six years in prison and is fined 1 million shekels.
March 30, 2015 - Olmert is convicted of fraud and breach of trust in a re-trial related to the 2008 corruption allegations.
May 25, 2015 - He is sentenced to eight months in prison and fined $25,700 following his March conviction.
December 29, 2015 - Olmert's six year prison sentence for bribery is reduced to eighteen months.
February 22, 2016 - Olmert starts a 19-month prison sentence for bribery charges. The sentence was reduced from six years to eighteen months in December, but an additional month was added last week.