Paul Romanovsky-Ilyinsky

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Paul Romanovsky-Ilyinsky was born in London England back in 1928 to Dmitri and Audrey.  His parents divorced in 1937.  He attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England, before joining the U.S. Marine Corps.  Serving with distinction as a combat photographer during the Korean War, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. 

He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1953.

He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for 20 years serving on the board of Emery Industries.  In 1980, he moved to Palm Beach, Florida where he served on the Palm Beach Council for 10 years before being elected mayor for three terms as a Republican candidate.  He resigned in 1999 for health reasons.  He died in 2004, he was 76.

What you may not know about Paul is that he was the only child of Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, the great-grandson of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and the first cousin one removed of Nicholas II.

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Comments (19)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - without your post, I would have likely never heard of the man or his history although some of South Florida AR members might have a recollection or two

Oct 27, 2020 04:08 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well finally got this one since it was in my own backyard.

Oct 27, 2020 04:18 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sounds like he was a good leader and a hard worker,

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 27, 2020 04:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Oct 27, 2020 04:28 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Thank you, James.  He was a lucky boy to be born in England. 

Oct 27, 2020 04:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I knew that Paul was related to the Russian Imperial family from his name... but did not remember which branch.

Oct 27, 2020 04:39 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say, never heard of the guy! That said, he was quite the leader. Enjoy your day!

Oct 27, 2020 05:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What an interesting man Paul was. I'm impressed that he would leave his native land given his status but unlike many young people today he could see that the free world is the place to be. Thanks James Dray .

Oct 27, 2020 05:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - the ancestry tracing makes sense since Czar Nicolas was Queen Victoria's grandson.

Oct 27, 2020 06:15 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know much about any tsars but I found it funny that a friend of mine that was booted as commissioner of a tennis league was referred to as a tsar by someone, haha.  To this day, I still call my friend tsar from time to time.

Oct 27, 2020 06:16 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. Another fascinating story about someone I was unaware of. Thank you sir.

Oct 27, 2020 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


If my father were alive, he could have explained this even further.  His family was related to royals,  and I never cared about all that....A

Oct 27, 2020 08:50 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can honestly say that I didn't know that 👍

Happy Tuesday James Dray 

Oct 27, 2020 09:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting family tree...and nice to see that he did not rest on its laurels. 

Oct 27, 2020 10:20 AM
Wayne Posey, Broker on Florida's Space Coast
Posey & Co., REALTORS - Rockledge, FL
"Nobody knows the Space Coast like a Native"

Good afternoon James, This interesting bio caught my eye also by the Romanovsky-Ilyinsky title. Many of today's "Skys" have some very interesting connection to the past-tho many have chosen to change their names to blend into the Western culture and business.

Grant Schneider-Thank you for adding the connection to Queen Victoria.


Oct 27, 2020 11:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Another interesting read and all sorts of things I did not know...essentially everything you shared! LOL.


Oct 27, 2020 03:42 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In San Jose, CA I told a Russian former professor about Khrushchev's visit in SJ.  I said he stood about 1500 ft from your house in that direction.  She said she remembered that Khrushchev came to America banged his shoe on the table at UN when angry. When visiting IBM (SJ) he said USSR made similar computer and USSR is better than IBMs. At any rate, I showed Senya the following interview.  What people don't know is the IBM plant was sold 3 times in 10 years and 300 ac is the largest housing new development with 1,000s of tiny 1 million dollar tree houses on 3 stories and above.

Nov 25, 2020 07:23 AM
Wayne Posey, Broker on Florida's Space Coast
Posey & Co., REALTORS - Rockledge, FL
"Nobody knows the Space Coast like a Native"

Interesting read Sam, I'm intrigued by the million dollar tree houses as much as I am at Khrushchev thought the cafeteria self-serve style was a novel idea.

Nov 25, 2020 04:09 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Having been descended from royalty, it seems that Paul Romanovsky-Ilyinsky had leadership in his genes.

Feb 14, 2021 10:01 AM