|Preceded by Columba Bush|
Alma mater Georgetown University
Succeeded by Ann Scott
Name Carole Crist
|Full Name Carole Oumano|
Education Georgetown University
|Born October 20, 1969 (age 53) Roslyn, New York,United States (1969-10-20) |
Religion United Methodist Church
Spouse Charlie Crist (m. 2008), Todd Rome (m. 1993)
Similar Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, Charlie Crist
Carole Crist (née Oumano, formerly Rome; born October 20, 1969) is an American businesswoman. She is the separated wife of U.S. Representative and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. She served as First Lady of Florida from December 12, 2008, to January 4, 2011.
Crist grew up in Roslyn, New York. She is the daughter of Robert Oumano, who was president of the Franco-American Novelty Company, a family-owned company in the novelties business. Crist graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a degree in accounting.
Carole Crist has two children from her first marriage.
She married Charlie Crist on December 12, 2008 at St. Petersburg's First United Methodist Church.
After nine years of marriage, in February 2017, Charlie Crist filed for divorce from Carole stating, "I think the world of Carole. She's an amazing person. It just didn't work out for us, I wish all the best for her."
She currently resides in Fisher Island, Florida.
After her father's death in 2000, Crist ran Franco-American Novelty for the next six years. She coined the slogan "Where Fashion Meets Halloween" and changed the focus of the company to more figure-flattering, high-fashion costumes. In 2006, she handed over control of Franco-American to her sister, Michele Oumano Powell, and in January, 2013 resigned from management of Franco American Novelty Co. llc. In 2012, Crist started a new Halloween Costume business in St. Petersburg, Florida called Goddessey, L.L.C., which she sold in early 2017.
During her husband's 2016 campaign for Congress, Carole Crist served as acting Campaign Director, and played a significant role in raising money. Stated Charlie Crist: "She's a great woman, my best friend, smart, loyal and driven and plays an integral part in this campaign."