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Robert Unanue

Robert Unanue is a famous American businessman, president, and CEO of Goya Foods. Robert Unanue belongs to the 3rd generation of one of America’s wealthiest families.

Early Life

Robert Unanue was born on March 24, 1954, and he is currently 69 years old. His full name is Robert Bob Unanue. At the time of his birth, Robert’s family resided in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Talking about his family, Robert’s father is Anthony Unanue but his mother’s name is not mentioned, but she was Irish.

Robert’s father was an Engineer who worked briefly for the federal government when he lived in Maryland. Sadly, his father passed away at the young age of 48 years in the year 1976. Likewise, he has five siblings – three sisters and two brothers. His sisters’ names are Carol Freeborn, Mary Ellen Yorio, and Lisa Unanue. Likewise, his two brothers are Tom and Peter. Among the six Unanue siblings, Robert is the eldest one.

Robert comes from a wealthy American family, who is of Spanish origin. Likewise, Robert’s family was the 170th richest family in the USA as reported by Forbes in 2014. In 1973, Robert’s family briefly moved to Spain. There, Robert attended the University of Seville. Besides this, Robert also attended Merrimack College, North Andover. From this college, Robert earned a degree in accounting.

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Caption: Robert Unanue was photographed with his brother Peter. Source: NJBIZ

Robert Unanue – Net Worth 2024

This successful businessman has earned a hefty sum of earnings throughout his career. Moving on, Robert Bob Unanue has a net worth estimation of approximately $1.1 billion US dollars.

Career and Professional Life

Robert Unanue is a famous businessman and a descendant of one of the wealthiest American families. Robert is the current CEO of Goya Foods since he chaired the position in the year 2004. When his family moved to Spain for a brief period in 1973, Robert worked with his father in an olive oil production business. Before focusing his business in the United States, Robert also ran operations in Puerto Rico.

In Puerto Rico, Robert did business for seven years during the 1980s. Robert moved to Puerto Rico after he implemented four new bean-packing lines in Secaucus, New Jersey. In Puerto Rico, Robert became a purchasing director in 1980.

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Caption: Robert Unanue, along with others, was honored at the 25th-anniversary luncheon of ACCION in New York City in 2017. Source: Facebook

More Details

Talking about the beginning of his company, Goya Foods, the founder is Prudencio Unanue Ortiz. The family business was initially called “Unuaue & Sons”. However, the founder changed its name to Goya Foods in the year 1961. The founder is Robert’s grandfather, who lived from 1886 to 1976.

Before Robert assumed the position of CEO of Goya Foods, his uncle – Joseph Andrew Unanue served as president as well as CEO of Goya Foods. Joseph was in the office from 1976 until Robert’s appointment in 2004. Robert became the CEO 43 years after he started working for the family business as a young child.

His other uncle – Francisco Unanue – founded “Goya de Puerto Rico” in the 1960s. Subsequently, Francisco became the president of the Puerto Rican division. Francisco then handed over his position as President of Goya de Puerto Rico to Carlos Unanue in the year 2013.

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Caption: Robert Unanue posing for a photo with his brother Peter. Source: NBC News

In Politics

Robert Unanue visited the White House in July 2020. There, the Goya Foods CEO guaranteed one million cans of Goya chickpeas to food banks. Moreover, the billionaire shared that Americans are truly blessed to have Donald Trump as a leader. Robert’s comment regarding Donald Trump sparked negative reactions. People also called for a boycott of Goya Foods. However, this also sparked counter-boycotts in support of Goya Foods.

Soon, on 20 January 2021, Robert claimed that the Democratic party, media, and technology elites used the novel coronavirus to control the American public and steal the 2020 US presidential election. Robert claimed this on Fox Business. 

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Caption: Robert Unanue praises the former US president, Donald Trump. Source: NBC News

Subsequently, on 25 January 2021, Goya Foods’ board of directors censured Robert after he made unfounded public claims. His claims were about voter fraud during and after the 2020 presidential election. Without the board’s permission, Robert isn’t allowed to speak to the press regarding the politics of the company.

Moreover, the majority of the Goya Foods’ board wanted to remove Robert from his position as CEO. However, as it was a family-owned business, the company’s regulations didn’t allow for that.

Fairly recently, in February 2021, Robert continued to deny the results of the 2020 election. This was addressed in a speech that Robert gave at CPAC. Robert also continued to falsely state that Donald Trump was the real-legitimate and actual president of the USA.

Relationship Status

Robert Unanue’s wife is Muriel Fitzpatrick. Robert and Muriel met each other and fell in love while attending the University of Seville. Together, Robert and Muriel share 6 children. However, Robert’s children’s identities are not revealed to the public.

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Caption: Robert Unanue and his wife were photographed together. Source: Wiki bio

Body Measurements

Robert Unanue stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 9 inches and his weight is around 91 kg. Other than this, there is no further information regarding Robert’s other body measurement details. Moreover, Robert has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.

Robert Unanue – Social Media

Robert doesn’t seem to have a personal profile on any social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc. However, Robert does appear on his company – Goya Foods’ public profiles on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@GoyaFoods).