Marilee Fiebig is a corporate immigration attorney formerly based in Atlanta, Georgia. However, she is better known as the wife of ex-CNN host and now ABC correspondent, TJ Holmes. Holmes’ wife, Fiebig, is an experienced lawyer and businessman in the fashion and entertainment industry.
She was the ex-vice president of operations and general counsel of Willhelmina International Inc. She often works to break boundaries and open up opportunities for young people, while also helping them reach their potential once they enter the states.
Marilee is also with Save The Children, where she has focused on diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives. In the meantime, she also oversees leadership roles in fashion, entertainment, operations and philanthropy. Learn more about her, including her parents, her law career, her marriage records, and so on.
Marilee Fiebig Parents, her mother is an African immigrant
Born in October 1977, Fiebig is one of three children born to her parents, William and Pauline Fiebig. Marilee’s father William is a Peace Corps volunteer, while her mother, Pauline is an African immigrant. Fiebig describes her father as a true humanitarian and her superhero.
Mrs. Holmes was born in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She immigrated to the US with her family at the age of 5.
Fiebig’s family returned to the African continent decades later. On his return, Marilee’s father used his credentials in agronomy and genetics to provide them with the means to bring agriculture and fishing to impoverished villages and communities across Africa. He also carried out similar projects in other developing parts of the world.
Marilee’s mother, on the other hand, would try to emphasize the importance of education for Fiebig and her siblings. Fiebig’s mother received her US citizenship when her children were elementary school students in Florida. Marilee says that her mother’s becoming an American citizen was one of the proudest moments of her life.
Marilee Fiebig Education
Fiebig graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French and poli-sci from the University of Michigan. She later earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University.
At Vanderbilt she belonged to Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity
What is Marilee doing now?
Marilee is now a senior director for diversity, inclusion and connection at Save The Children. The wife of the Arkansas-born news correspondent joined the organization in the summer of 2021 and has remained with the organization ever since.
She began her career as an immigration attorney by first working at Powell Goldstein LLP, Atlanta, in 2005. Three years later, she would work for Alston and Bird, before returning to work as an immigration attorney for another firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, and Loewy.
Marilee Fiebig Career at Willhelmina Models
Marilee, after working as a lawyer at several law firms, would join Wilhelmina and work there for almost 4 years. As mentioned, she was the vice president of operations and general counsel of Willhelmina International Inc.
Her responsibilities then consisted mainly of facilitating the immigration process for young people all over the world. After their arrival, she also made sure that they could work in the space free of exploitation, intimidation and other abuse.
Marilee also wanted to emphasize the importance of a woman’s position in senior management. As a woman, according to Fiebig, she has a natural empathy for models and can offer them a unique perspective.
Part of her job also required her to review all the documentation needed to build a case for Wilhelmina’s models. So far, as an immigration attorney, Marilee has successfully obtained non-immigrant and immigrant visas for numerous clients. Ms. Holmes became Wilhelmina’s house lawyer in April 2016. It was just before the explosion of the #MeToo movement.
Her other works
Before Wilhelmina, Fiebig worked on behalf of multinational financial and technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, major universities and various sports teams. In almost all of them her role was the same; help facilitate the import of international talent.
While the process of bringing a foreigner to the US is difficult, Marilee says the subject of immigration is her passion and something very personal.
She is also a contributing factor in building out the company’s internal operational structure. Marilee also deals with personnel issues, contracts and corporate disputes. Apparently she chose law as her profession because she wanted to work in international relations and diplomacy.
Marilee Fiebig married the ABC News Host, TJ Holmes
While it’s unclear when and how Marilee and her husband TJ Holmes met, the two apparently began dating sometime in the summer of 2009. This was reportedly after the latter’s split with R and B singer Rozonda Chilli Thomas.
Fiebig and the one-time MSNBC anchor married on March 1, 2010, which was reportedly one year into their relationship. After the marriage, the couple became parents of a daughter, Sabine they welcomed in January 2013.
Besides Sabine, Marilee’s husband, Holmes has two more children. The ex-CNN host shares a daughter Dian with his ex-wife Amy and a son, Jaiden with his high school ex-girlfriend Brooke More.
Holmes once said that one of the reasons the marriage between him and Fiebig has survived so far is that the Vandelbirt graduate always takes care of him, advises him, keeps him on track and also prevents her from making a mistake.
What is Marilee Fiebig Net Worth?
While ABC News host TJ Holmes is definitely wealthy with his net worth reportedly hovering around $3 million, no such settlement or dissolution has been made for his longtime partner, Marilee Fiebig.
But for all that, given her distinguished career and the life she posts on her Instagram and her socials, it’s possible that she’s also financially primed on her own. If nothing at all, Fiebig’s net worth could very well be close to six figures or clearly above the average number.