Lebanese-born American businessman Marcus Lemonis is currently the chairman and CEO of Camping World, Good Sam Enterprises, Gander Outdoors, and The House Boardshop.
Marcus was born as Ricardo on 16 November 1973 in Beirut, Lebanon, during the chaos of civil war and foreign invasions. He was abandoned by his parents, Abdallel and Nadia, at an orphanage four days after his birth.
Later, Marcus was adopted by Leo and Sophia Lemonis. His adoptive parents were of two decent; his father was Greek, and his mother was Lebanese.
While talking about his education, Marcus completed his high school from Christopher Columbus High School, following his graduation from Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminology.
Shortly, after his graduation, Marcus unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Florida House of Representative. Then, he proceeded to work for his grandfather's car dealership, Anthony Abraham Chevrolet, in South Florida.
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Later, Marcus formed his own company, FreedomRoads. Eventually, his company got merged with Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. Being the owner, Marcus soon collaborated with NASCAR, combining his business.
Besides his automobile business, he is also a television personality. He has been featured on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, ABC's Secret Millionaire, The Profit, The Partner.
Marcus Lemionis' Wedding With First Wife
Marcus Lemonis is not only a successful businessman but also a heartthrob of the ladies.
Previously, Marcus was married to his girlfriend, Ila Penfold. He exchanged his wedding vows with his first wife in 2003. While the couple was relishing their married life, the rumors of Marcus having a secret affair with American television personality Bethenny Frankel, circulated in 2015.
Marcus was spotted with Bethenny, having dinner together. He also attended Ron Perelman's Apollo in the Hamptons dinner on 17 August 2015 with his girlfriend, Bethenny.
However, while he dated her, Marcus was still married to his first wife, Ila. Later, the news of Marcus and Bethenny dating stopped, and their separation was also not disclosed.
Moreover, in February 2017, Ila filed a petition for a dissolution of marriage.
Married To New Girlfriend!
After Marcus' first unsuccessful marriage, he crossed path with Roberta Bobbi Raffel in 2016 during a business event at the COTERIE trade show.
Roberta, 20 years elder than Marcus, made her first move by offering Marcus to sell her fashion business. After that, the couple established a romantic bond, and the rest is history!
Years later, Marcus and Roberta sealed their relationship with a nuptial knot in February 2018.
Marcus Lemonis strolls around Chicago with his wife Roberta Bobbi Raffel on 2 April 2019 (Photo: Roberta Bobbi Raffel's Instagram)
Despite being younger than his wife, Marcus has found true love in her and is gay to be with his wife.
As of now, Marcus and Roberta reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.