Marcus Lemonis Finally Married! Meet New Wife - A Stunning Blonde
- Date of Birth 1973-11-16
- Age 47 Years 8 Month(s)
- Nationality American-Lebanese
- Birth Place Beirut, Lebanon
- Profession Businessman
- Birth Name Marcus Anthony Lemonis
- Ethnicity/Race Mixed
- Father Leo Lemonis
- Mother Sophia Lemonis
- Wife/Spouse Roberta 'Bobbi' Raffel
- Wedding Date February 2018
- Gay No
- Net Worth $900 million
- High School Christopher Columbus High School
- College Marquette University
- Education Bachelor
- Height/ How Tall? 6' (1.82 m)
- Hair Color Black
- Eye Color Dark Brown
A prominent person, who has been through a rough phase in life, but still managed his way to become one of the most successful people in the world, is no other than CEO of the Camping World, Marcus Lemonis.
It seems that his love life took a back seat amidst his career as a businessman, investor, TV personality, philanthropist, and politician. Although he was seen offering his advice and counsel on marriage, finally, he also embraced into the married life with the wife, who is 20 years older than him.
So, today, let's help the fans unravel what's going on in the personal life of Marcus Lemonis.
Lemonis' Unconfirmed Dating Life
CEO Marcus Lemonis is not someone who appears on the tabloids' headlines because of his dating affairs. However, back in August 2015, reports of him dating girlfriend and businesswoman Bethenny Frankel surfaced in the media.
Upon the revelation, a source close to Bethenny shared,
'They met over the summer and have been seeing each other. He’s really smart, successful, and so nice. They really like each other.'
Marcus Lemonis and his reported girlfriend, Bethenny Frankel, swirl dating rumors in 2015 (Photo: EOnline.com)
In July 2015, Bethenny, who was once married to Jason Hoppy, also tweeted, mentioning she likes Marcus.
Moreover, the two reportedly attended Ron Perelman's Appollo and had dinner together in Hamptons on the 17th of August, 2015. However, the couple drifted their way without speaking anything about their relationship.
After their brief alleged fling ran its course, Bethenny began dating Dennis Shield. The former pair's on-and-off relationship got cut short after Dennis tragically passed away in August 2018.
Barely three months into her ex's untimely death, a grieving Bethenny ignited a romance with another businessman and a father of two, Paul Baron.
Is Marcus Lemonis Married?
Yes! He is married to a businesswoman.
Marcus Lemonis and his wife Roberta 'Bobbi' Raffel exchanged vows in an intimate wedding ceremony in Los Angeles in February 2018.
Lemonis and Bobbi Raffel met two years before their wedding day at the COTERIE trade show, where they were buying their businesses' goods.
Marcus Lemonis with his first wife Bobbi Raffel sharing "I Dos" at their 2018 wedding (Photo: People.com)
And after a year of their meeting, Lemonis popped the question to Raffel on Christmas to be part of his life forever. He shared:
“I proposed on Christmas in a secret Santa gift. Thank goodness it went to the right person.”
Marcus talked to PEOPLE about their original wedding plan stating that they had planned to get married in his second home at Montecito, California, on San Ysidro Ranch in early July 2018. But due to mudslides, the wedding was delayed.
And so, the couple had to exchange the wedding vows at Hotel Bel-Air in front of a small and intimate group of attendees, which includes family and friends. Even before the wedding day, the couple had a full-on lemon-themed color and decor pre-wedding celebration at the Santa Monica air museum.
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And for their big day, the couple chose an ivory, gold, and silver color scheme. The duo had both a priest and a cantor for the ceremony to make it a life-time memorable day.
Though the couple had booked for a honeymoon, they canceled it due to his busy filming schedule. Despite not embarking on a romantic getaway, they are together all the time. What's more, Bobbi is even helping Marcus to make the new episodes of The Profit.
Raffel is Lemonis's first wife, whereas his 20 years-old senior wife has a daughter from her previous relationship, who forever described her as the best friend.
The couple seems content with their married life and even celebrated their six months wedding anniversary. Bobbi took to Instagram with their adorable picture on 18 August 2018, quoting,
Celebrating our 6 month wedding anniversary! Hard to believe how fast the time has gone!
Six months later, she uploaded an anniversary post on her Instagram claiming that she couldn't be happier with how well their marriage has been for her. Marcus did the same by sharing a snap of his wife looking toward a sunset while lauding her womanhood.
Even with the age difference of 20, the pair share a blissful married life that they feature on social media.
Lemonis' Wife Buys His Company's Share
Lemonis and his wife's trust for each other extend beyond the romantic ties.
Marcus Lemonis and his wife, Bobbi Lemonis, pose for a selfie amid lunching circa March 2019 (Photo: Marcus Lemonis' Instagram)
Nearly a year after tying the knot, in March 2019, Bobbi purchased 99,094 Camping World shares worth $1.3 million. Despite the hefty transaction, Marcus still owns 52% of Camping World Holdings, which sells recreational vehicles and camping gear.
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Running the company hadn't been the most straightforward job for the revered businessman-turned-TV pundit. In 2018, the stock of Camping World closed at $11.47 for a 74% annual loss.
Rough Childhood: Adopted By Greek Family
An entrepreneur and television personality, Marcus Lemonis was born on the 16th of November 1973, in Beirut, Lebanon, during the time of a civil war. He never got to live with his biological family as he was adopted when he was an infant by his Greek/Lebanese parents Sophia and Leo Lemonis.
In May 2017, Marcus shared a picture of his childhood with his mother while wishing her mother on the occasion of mother's day.
Marcus Lemonis wishes "Happy Mothers day" to her mother in 2017 (Photo: Marcus Lemonis' Instagram)
Despite sharing a loving bond with his parents, Marcus had a "rough childhood" as he suffered from an eating disorder, depression and even got sexually abused by an extended family member.
In 2019, the 45-year-old revisited the orphanage in Lebanon, where he lived before he landed in Miami. The emotional 90-minute documentary aired as an episode of The Profit saw a teary-eyed Marcus relive his earliest memories as he surveilled the spot.
For years, he had pushed back his plans to visit his native land because his adopted mother, who is no longer alive, pleaded not to.
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Considering his unconventional upbringing, one can't help but admire what Marcus has been achieving so far. A staunch follower of the belief that "It’s never too soon to learn a strong work ethic," the Beruit Lebanon-native business acumen hasn't failed him.
It's the same reason why he plans to earn a 35% profit on a real estate purchase. That said, the savvy businessman has faced a financial crunch in the past; in 2009, Marcus went toe-to-toe against liquidity crisis following the worldwide recession but emerged victorious at the end.
Is Marcus Lemonis Gay?
Well, it is for sure that he is not gay, but there were speculations before his blissful marital life.
Years back, he was engaged in a couple of gay rumors; however, now, things have cleared out. Those rumors and speculations were just a hoax.
Marcus Lemonis Net Worth
In the 1996 Florida House campaign, Lemonis appeared on the ballet as Marc Anthony Lemonis. Unfortunately, he lost to two-term Republican, 42.44 percent to 57.56 percent.
He then changed his career path and started working on his grandfather's car dealership, Anthony Abraham Chevrolet in South Florida. In 1997, the dealership was obtained by AutoNation, and he served as a manager under the new ownership.
Lee Iaccoca, a family friend, approached him and said he wanted to create the largest RV chain. And from June 2001 till February 2003, he was the CEO of Holiday RV Superstore Inc. After a couple of years, the company got merged with Camping World, and in 2011, it got merged with Good Sam Enterprise. However, at both the new companies, he was the CEO.
Lemonis then made a few TV appearances starting with NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. In 2013, he was the star of the CNBC show The Profit.
Talking about his net worth, Lemonis has accumulated around $900 million.