Lost to fire: The Offset Alpine building in Sydney, which was gutted in 1993. Photo: Kate Callas
October 25, 1943: Edward Moses Obeid born in the Christian village of Metrit, Lebanon.
1950: Arrived in Sydney.
I've got five sons and four daughters, so I was always on the lookout to make a buck.
1965: Married Judy Abood. They have nine children.
Brought by the Obeids: Cherrydale Park. Photo: Brockwell Perks
"I've got five sons and four daughters, so I was always on the lookout to make a buck.'' - Eddie Obeid
1972: Joined the ALP, aged 29.
1973: Bought Arabic newspaper, El Telegraph, with business partners.
Eddie Obeid, pictured in 1983, brought the Arabic newspaper, El Telegraph with business partners. Photo: Ross Willis
1988: Bought development site at Lake Cathie, near Port Macquarie, with John Abi-Saab, later Burwood mayor.
1991: Entered Legislative Council. Just before entering parliament did a controversial land deal with the Housing Department.
1992: Founded the right-wing Terrigal faction, which became the dominant power bloc in NSW.
Talking heads: Former premiers Bob Carr and Morris Iemma. Photo: Peter Morris
December 24, 1993: Offset Alpine printing works burned down, resulting in a big insurance payout to investors. Paul Obeid was a director. Company had been recently purchased by stockbroker Rene Rivkin, a close friend of Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson.
1999: Obeid appointed Minister for Fisheries and Minerals.
2002: Under fire about accuracy of his pecuniary interest register.
Disgraced businessman: Ron Medich. Photo: Jim Rice
''Each time I filled [in] a pecuniary interest statement with the Parliament I did so in the belief that I had disclosed all of the required information. When I did discover errors I took immediate action to correct the public record by writing to the clerk." - Eddie Obeid
2002: Begins defamation proceedings against the Herald over allegations he sought a $1 million donation in return for smoothing the way for the Oasis development in Liverpool. Cleared by ICAC of corrupt conduct.
2003: Dropped from the ministry.
''My decision, taken reluctantly, should not be seen as any diminution of the role I envisage for myself in the third term of the Carr government. As well, my decision will ensure that government is not distracted by the campaign of innuendo, vilification and unsubstantiated allegation launched against me by The Sydney Morning Herald. This campaign shows no sign of abating and until my defamation action against the Herald is resolved in the courts, any work I did as a minister could be overshadowed." - Eddie Obeid
2003: Obeid family secretly acquired leases on cafes at Circular Quay.
2004: Obeid family acquired hidden interest in 128-unit development at Chiswick.
2005: Bob Carr retired as premier. Obeid played kingmaker by switching support from Carl Scully to make Morris Iemma premier.
''Eddie Obeid is like a man on Viagra. He's got a whole new lease of life.'' - Caucus member
2005: Obeid family started Direct Health Solutions which won several government contracts.
2006: Obeid wins defamation suit against the Herald, $161,000 in damages.
2006: Obeid family is a secret investor in the Top Ryde shopping centre redevelopment.
November 2007: Obeids bought Cherrydale farm.
2008: Obeid urges Morris Iemma to resign. Replaced by Nathan Rees, who resisted appointing Ian Macdonald to the planning ministry.
2008: Coal exploration licence granted over the property to Cascade Coal. Obeids have a secret shareholding.
2008: Obeid family bought CSIRO property in Delhi Road, North Ryde, for redevelopment.
2009: Allegations of links between Obeid, his son Moses, Graham Richardson and businessman Ron Medich in the murder of Michael McGurk.
2009: Obeid plays key role in deposingRees and appointing Kristina Keneally as premier.
''Should I not be Premier by the end of this day, let there be no doubt in the community's mind, no doubt, that any challenger will be a puppet of Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi.'' - Nathan Rees
2010: Reports that Obeid family has been buying up land around Cherrydale. ICAC inquiry called.
2010: Obeid son made a large loan to Australian Water Services chairman. Obeid snr lobbied for the company with fellow ministers.
May 2011: Obeid resigns from Parliament.
''My wife and I need to spend all our time supporting our son Moses and his wife Nikki through this difficult time [Their daughter was diagnosed with cancer].'' - Eddie Obeid
July 2013: Multiple corruption findings made against Obeid, his son Moses and several others, along with recommended criminal charges.
''John Robertson and Sam Dastyari, I cannot believe these people who I supported, I mentored, I got them in their jobs. They don't give me the benefit that every Australian should have - you're innocent until proven guilty.'' - Eddie Obeid