Robert George Kardashian was an American attorney and businessman. He gained national recognition as O. J. Simpson’s friend and defense attorney during Simpson’s 1995 murder trial.
He had four children with his first wife, Kris Kardashian (née Houghton, later Jenner): Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob, who appear on their family reality television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and its spinoffs.
- Full name: Robert George Kardashian
- Profession: American attorney
- Born: 22 February 1944, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Died: 30 September 2003, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Nationality: American
- Net worth: $30 million (2003)
- Spouse: Ellen Pierson (m. 2003–2003), Jan Ashley (m. 1998–1999), Kris Jenner (m. 1978–1991)
- Children: Rob Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian
About Robert Kardashian
Kardashian was born on 22 February 1944 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He has a sister and brother, Barbara and Tom Kardashian.
His great-grandparents, Saghatel (“Sam”) and Harom Kardaschoff, were ethnic Armenian Spiritual Christian Prygun immigrants from Karakale (now: Merkezkarakale), Kars Oblast of the Russian Empire (now Kars Province in Turkey).
The family, known at the time by the surname Kardaschoff, in Russian style, made their way from their home village of Karakale probably to Bremerhaven, Germany, a popular emigration port. From there, they traveled to a new life in America.
Their son Tatos anglicized his name to Tom, started a business in garbage collection in Los Angeles, and married another Kars-Karakale immigrant, Hamas Shakarian.
Growing up in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, Kardashian attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School and the University of Southern California, from which he graduated in 1966 with a B.S. degree in business administration.
He earned a J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and practiced for about a decade; after that, he went into business.
In 1973, Kardashian was one of the co-founders of the trade publication Radio & Records, which he and his partners sold for a large profit in 1979.
Kardashian also pioneered the idea of playing music between movies in theatres. He subsequently parlayed the concept into a business, starting a company called Movie Tunes.
He served as President and CEO of the firm and later invested in Juice Inc., a frozen yogurt company, and in a music video business called Concert Cinema.