Since the Kardashians first burst onto our screens back in 2007, the family has expanded dramatically. But it’s hard to believe that out of all the family members we got to know and see grow up over the years, we never saw the family patriarch, Robert Kardashian, who passed away before the Kardashians became a household name. As the Kardashians launch their new reality show on Hulu this month, we find out who Robert was and if he was anything like the rest of them. How did Robert Kardashian make his money? Way back in 1973, Robert was a co-founder of the trade publication Radio & Records, which he and his partners sold for a huge profit a few years later in 1979. He was also behind the idea of playing music between films in theatres. He eventually developed the concept into a business, starting a new company called Movie Tunes. Even though he was famous for his law career, the original Kardashian already had a taste for showbiz and the fortune it brings. Inside Khloé Kardashian’s incredible body transformation Kris Jenner wasn’t his only wife Robert was famously married to Kris Jenner, with whom he had four children – Kim, Khloé, Kourtney and Rob. But sadly, things didn’t last. “I got married when I was very, very young. I met Robert when I was 18 years old,” Jenner told podcast InCharge With DVF. “We dated for four years, got married at 22, sooner or later during my life when I was in my 30s, I had an affair and my biggest regret was the fact that it broke up my family.” After splitting from Kris in 1991, he married Jan Ashley in 1998, but the union ended in an annulment after only 30 days. He then dated Ellen Pierson for three years, and they married six weeks before his death in 2003. Robert Kardashian’s history with O.J. Simpson Robert was shoved into the spotlight in the 90s when he served as the defence lawyer to O.J. Simpson during his 1995 murder trial. He and Simpson were close friends for many years, having met in the 60s while both attending the University of Southern California. The luxury lives of Kourtney Kardashian’s children While Simpson played for the USC Trojans, Robert served as the water boy during matches. Their friendship quickly blossomed, and Simpson eventually acted as best man at Robert’s wedding to Kris. However, as successful as Robert was in the case, he later revealed in 1996 during an interview with Barbara Walters that he had doubts about his friend’s innocence. Afterwards, the pair were no longer on speaking terms. He died of cancer before his family found fame In 2003, Robert was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and passed away only two months later on September 30 at the age of 59. His sudden death came as a huge shock to his family, as he didn’t smoke or drink and there was no history of cancer on his side of the family. “It was so surreal, the knowledge he had cancer was one thing, but to think it would actually take his life, I never in a million years thought that would happen to him,” Kris revealed in a 2014 interview. He had a good relationship with Caitlyn Jenner When Robert’s cancer was found to be terminal, he relied on his ex-wife’s new spouse Caitlyn to take care of his children, and the two formed an unlikely bond. The luxury lives of Kourtney Kardashian’s children Caitlyn promised Kardashian that she would “always take care” of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob when he was no longer around, according to British media. Kanye West bought Kim Kardashian a hologram of Robert In 2021, Kim was surprised by a hologram of her father from her then husband, Kanye West. For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. ✨🤍 It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion. pic.twitter.com/jD6pHo17KC — Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2020 Sharing a video of the hologram on social media, Kim wrote, “For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion.” The Kardashians still celebrate their dad’s life every chance they get The Kardashians have made no secret of how much they miss their beloved father. Earlier this year, Kim celebrated what would’ve been her dad’s 77th birthday with emotional messages on her social media channels. The rumours are true! Inside Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s relationship “Happy Birthday Dad! I celebrate you every single day but today even more,” Kim wrote on Instagram in February. “So much to tell you! I called your mobile phone number just wondering if anyone would pick up after all these years. I actually can’t believe I remembered it.” “Please come visit me in a dream soon,” she continued. Whatever roller coaster Kim and her family has been on, we’re sure he’d be immensely proud. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .