Robert Blagojevich - Full Biography

Robert Blagojevich was born in the city of Chicago and raised on the northwest side. He graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1973 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa and a master’s degree from Florida State University. He was an artillery officer in the United States Army for more than five years and served in various positions, including platoon leader for a nuclear missile unit and aide-de-camp for the commanding general of the brigade. Robert left active duty in 1984 and served in the US Army Reserve until 2001, when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

 

In 1984, Robert and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee. He worked for 20 years in the financial services industry and was CEO of Invest Financial Corporation, a nationwide brokerage business headquartered in Tampa, Florida, when he left the industry.

 

Robert is the brother of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois. In June 2010, Robert went on trial along with his brother. He was charged with several felonies. In August of the same year, the jury was unable to reach a decision on Robert. Nine days later, the government dropped their charges against him. Since then, he has resumed his life and speaks to groups about his experience.

 

Robert is currently a small business owner who owns and operates commercial real estate assets in four states in the southeast. He has been actively involved in community service for his entire working career. In addition, he has been married to his wife Julie, for 37 years and they have one son, Alex, who lives in Tampa, Florida.