You may not have heard of Theresa Roemer, but you have probably heard of her closet. Roemer’s “she-cave” is dubbed as the world’s largest closet. But there’s more to this millionaire mom than her envy-worthy closet.
Theresa Roemer has never appeared on The Real Housewives franchise, but she’d make the perfect cast addition. She’s a self-made woman with a thriving business who’s also an author, a philanthropist, and the owner of the closet of all our dreams. And now, she’s opening up about the tragedies she overcame.
Read all about this inspiring woman with details from Theresa Roemer’s wiki.
A Born Fighter
Theresa Roemer, age 56, was one of three siblings born on a ranch in Nebraska. A six-week premature baby, you could say that she was born a fighter.
In her childhood, Roemer was struck with rheumatic fever four times. The illness resulted in the heart murmur she has today. Doctors believed that her sickly constitution wouldn’t allow her much physical activity.
But Roemer proved them wrong. She spent every waking moment of her childhood outdoors with her brother, who was her best friend.
In junior high, Roemer became a star basketball player. She even won a sports scholarship to Black Hills State University, South Dakota.
When she was married the first time around, Roemer taught aerobics. Later, she moved to California where she became a general manager of a health club.
Soon after, she bought her first gym with her savings, and fitness became Roemer’s life.
A former bodybuilder, Theresa Roemer was the U.S. Open title holder for Body Building in 1999. She was also crowned Mrs. Houston and Mrs. Texas in pageants organized by United America.
Roemer’s gym was initially failing. However, she continued to build her fitness business and later expanded to a chain of gyms which earned her millions.
These days, Theresa Roemer is an active philanthropist, an author, and the owner of a fitness wear line, NI30D Athletics.
What Doesn’t Kill Makes You Stronger
Theresa Roemer has overcome many personal tragedies and became a stronger as a result.
When she was young, Roemer’s then-boyfriend took priority over other things. She turned down the sports scholarship so that she could remain with him.
Roemer called her first marriage with an oil-well driller “seven years of hell.” After that marriage ended, she dated a friend who was a coal miner. They got married, and she raised their children while balancing her fitness business.
However, Theresa Roemer’s husband didn’t approve of her outgoing lifestyle. Their crumbling marriage collapsed further when life dealt her a horrific blow.
Roemer’s beloved brother died of a heart attack in his early 20s, and she said, “My marriage fell apart, and I was devastated over my brother’s death.”
After losing her brother and the end of her marriage, Roemer went to California. There, she became a millionaire with her fitness business.
The self-made woman met her current husband, Lamar Roemer, in Texas, and Roemer’s world was apparently perfect again. That is until she lost her 19-year-old son in a car crash.
A grief-stricken Roemer contemplated suicide at the time and said, “I almost committed suicide, but I said, ‘I can’t have my daughter lose her mother and her brother at once. She kept me alive. And one year later, she got pregnant with twins – those babies gave me hope.”
Theresa and Lamar Roemer tied the knot in 2008. She’s a mother of six children.
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Theresa Roemer’s Oil Businesses
Together with her husband, Theresa Roemer has rebuilt her life after losing two of her most precious people.
Lamar Roemer is an executive in the energy business. The Roemers own four oil and gas companies, as well as several other businesses.
One of the oil tycoons’ companies, Roemer Oil Company, has seven mineral interests spread across three counties in Texas.
Then Came the Closet
In 2012, the couple moved to a 17,000 square-foot mansion in the exclusive Houston neighborhood of Woodlands. That’s where she built a closet of her dreams. (And ours as well!)
“For me, I think a closet is a direct reflection of a woman, so I have always taken pride in my closets, no matter how big or small,” said Roemer.
The three-story closet spans a whopping 3,000 square feet and cost a staggering $500,000 to construct. It boasts clothes, shoes, jewelry, and bags from every high-end brand.
The closet became more famous when it was featured on Good Morning America. Roemer and her “she-cave” have since appeared on TV and newspapers several times.
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For a Good Cause
Roemer’s mindblowing closet is not to simply store designer duds. Her closet is the best venue for a fundraiser.
“Women will pay a lot of money to hang out in my closet. For $100, they can come to my (17,000-square-foot) house, explore the closet, have their picture taken, drink Champagne and eat hors d’oeuvres in there. It’s kind of like a party,” said Roemer.
The money goes to one of the millionaire’s many charities.
Roemer is committed to several charities for which she has gone above and beyond. She even raised $100,000 climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in the memory of her son.
As Theresa Roemer puts it, “A lot of people go into dark places because pain can be terrible – but you only get one shot at this life.”
Bravo needs to be calling Theresa Roemer right now!