Fast Facts

  • Born in Beirut, Lebanon during a violent civil war and was adopted by a Florida couple at nine months old.
  • At the age of 12, started a lawn-mowing service to raise funds to open a candy business.
  • During college, was president of the Student Athletic Committee and organized a clothing drive for the homeless of Milwaukee.
  • Ran for the Florida House of Representatives and was endorsed by the Miami Herald at the age of 22, but ultimately lost the campaign.
  • Is CEO and chairman of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises.
  • Was included in Crain's Chicago Business' list of 40 Under 40 in 2005.
  • Sponsored the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2007.
  • In 2008, was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • In 2015, partnered with Marquette University to raise $1 million by pledging to donate up to $300,000 of his own money.
  • Has made contributions of both time and money to numerous organizations, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Esperanza Community Services, New Journey's Transitional Home and Lincoln Park Zoo.


  • Leo Lemonis — Father
  • Sophia Lemonis — Mother


  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (BA in Political Science, 1995)


  • Birth Name: Marcus Anthony Lemonis
  • Birth Place: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Profession: Businessman

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