Ehud Olmert Fast Facts

Ehud Olmert became Israel's prime minister in 2006, succeeding  Ariel Sharon who suffered a massive stroke (file photo).

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel.


Birth date: September 30, 1945
Birth place: Binyamina, British Mandate Palestine (now Israel)
    Birth name: Ehud Olmert
    Father: Mordechai Olmert, member of the Knesset
    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
    Religion: Jewish

    Other Facts

    Olmert grew up in Nahalat Jabotinsky, a village that was later incorporated into 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 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 US Congress.
    May 2008 - Israeli newspapers report that investigators have launched a probe into whether Olmert received money illegally while in office.
    September 18, 2008 - Tzipi Livni becomes the leader of the Kadima Party.
    September 21, 2008 - Resigns shortly after police recommend charges in corruption probes.
    January 5, 2012 - While on trial for fraud and breach of trust, Olmert is indicted for bribery in a separate case. The charge is related to three real estate projects, including a controversial housing development in Jerusalem called Holyland. The scandal becomes known as the Holyland affair.
    August 6, 2014 - The Supreme Court orders a retrial in the Rishon Tours/Talansky case, as new evidence emerges, enabling prosecutors to challenge Olmert's acquittals on corruption charges in 2012.
    March 30, 2015 - Olmert is convicted of fraud and breach of trust in the retrial of the Rishon Tours/Talansky case. His total prison sentence for the Talansky/Rishon Tours case and the Holyland Affair is 27 months.
    February 15, 2016 - Olmert arrives at prison.
      September 3, 2020 - "Honorable Men," a documentary about Olmert, premieres at Tel Aviv's DocAviv documentary film festival.