Marc Daly is an American banker and entrepreneur, born on 12 August 1970 in Detroit, Michigan USA. He’s known for owning the Brooklyn-based restaurant SoCo in New York City, and for being the husband of the former Miss USA Kenya Moore.
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There’s no information about Marc Jerome Daly’s early life, family and education. He has kept himself out of the spotlight, and doesn’t have any social media accounts, thus personal details of his life are mostly unknown.
Banking and Entrepreneurship
Nothing is known about Marc Daly’s early educational background, it’s known he graduated with a major leading to a business-oriented career, as he has worked for prestigious companies such as Credit Suisse First Boston, and was a banker for Citibank, of which he subsequently became Vice-President.
Daly worked for more than a decade in the banking industry, though he then quit to become an entrepreneur n his own right, and found the restaurant SoCo located in Brooklyn, New York.
SoCo is characterized by the outstanding experience it offers its clients through its specialized southern food, and a strategic location. Thanks to this, SoCo has attracted the attention of celebrities and blue-collar workers of the area, becoming one of the most successful restaurants in New York, accumulating more than 50,000 followers on its Instagram account.
In 2020, the website BOSSIP reported Marc Daly’s restaurant SoCo had been cited by health authorities for allegedly having poor sanitary conditions. In the article, it was stated that New York’s Health Department had found several worrying situations in the restaurant, including food inappropriately refrigerated and not protected from contaminating factors, as well as finding roaches, mice and vermin in it.
Supposedly SoCo received 28 points of violation of the health code.
However, Marc Daly disputed that the restaurant had such poor conditions, and was functioning perfectly. Through a post on the restaurant’s Instagram account, he stated: ‘We have maintained our A for many years, our staff is amazing. SoCo standards have always been upheld. Please stop spreading fake rumors about a successful black owned business!!!’
Marc Daly is a contributor to The Black Man Lab, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, which focuses on offering black men of all ages with a safe, empowering space in which they can engage in inspiring conversations while creating a brotherhood.
Although Marc Daly is a successful man on his own, his relationship with the former Miss USA and reality TV star Kenya Moore, has undeniably put him under the media spotlight, giving him considerable fame.
Daly met Moore through their friend-in-common the chef Roblé Ali, who introduced them at a social gathering in late 2016. The pair became a couple a few weeks after meeting, dating for roughly seven months until their marriage in June 2017.
The news of the wedding came as a surprise to everyone, as neither Moore nor Daly had previously announced their engagement. Despite the secrecy around the union, the couple happily tied the knot on St. Lucia’s beach, surrounded by close friends and family.
In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Moore expressed her happiness as a newlywed woman: ‘I’m just ecstatic, this man is the love of my life and I’m so happy to begin our lives together as husband and wife’.
Who is Kenya Moore?
Kenya Moore was born on 24 January 1971. also in Detroit; she started her modeling career at 14 years of age in Chicago, working at the Ebony Fashion Fair. When 22 years old she won the title of Miss Michigan, subsequently becoming Miss USA the same year, and was ultimately placed fifth in the Miss Universe competition.
She attracted huge fame in her home country, allowing her to pursue an acting career. Having appeared in several TV shows, she’s mostly remembered for her roles in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Homeboys in Outer Space” and “Nubian Goddess”.
Moore has been cast in various movies too, such as in “Waiting to Exhale”, “Brothers in Arms” and “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens”. Her career as a model has been successful as well, having appeared on the cover of several fashion magazines such as Essence, Glamour and Seventeen.
In the 90’s she also appeared in various music videos, including “Temptations” by Tupac and in “Money Ain’t a Thang” by Jermaine Dupri.
Currently, Kenya Moore is part of the cast of the reality TV show “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, and also appeared in “The Celebrity Apprentice 7” in 2015.
In November 2018 Kenya Moore and Marc Daly welcomed their first child together, a daughter they named Brooklyn Doris – the name has an emotional meaning, Kenya explained: ‘Brooklyn because that’s where we met and fell in love, and Doris after my grandmother who passed away last year, and who raised me’.
Baby Brooklyn was born through an emergency cesarean section, as her mother faced pre-eclampsia, which caused Moore severe swelling due to water retention during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
Marc hasn’t offered many words regarding the life-changing event, though it’s known he was present during the birth and was thrilled by it, Kenya telling PEOPLE magazine: ‘He gave me a big hug and a kiss, and then he started to just kind of making jokes. That’s just his personality. He’s a fun-loving, happy person.’
It’s unknown if Daly has other children resulting from previous relationships.
Separation and Reconciliation
In September 2019 Kenya and Daly publicly announced their separation. The reason for the split wasn’t clearly stated by Moore though: ‘Due to recent and ongoing circumstances I can no longer continue in the marriage.’
Rumors were quick to rise, and speculations regarding Daly’s alleged infidelity started circulating.
Although Daly didn’t address said rumors right away, in an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Moore denied the separation was caused by it: ‘I can tell you that’s completely made up; there’s zero truth to that. In terms of infidelity, I’ve had no proof of that. That’s not our issue.’
Despite the drama generated bythe couple’s separation, in February 2020 Daly and Moore were spotted together in New York, and when asked about it, Moore confirmed that she and her husband were working on fixing their relationship. However, in March 2020 they caused controversy when they were spotted having an uncomfortable discussion during an event for The Black Man Lab organized by Marc. Kenya later admitted that the couple was still having problems, and confessed her husband was ‘enraged’ with her during the organization’s ball.
Meanwhile Marc Daly posted a statement regarding the issue on his restaurant’s Instagram account: ‘Unfortunately, my genuine attempt at doing something positive was compromised by my personal situation. For that, I sincerely apologize and take sole responsibility.
Although the couple allegedly filed for divorce after the incident, in November 2020 they reunited for their daughter’s second birthday party, and Moore hinted that they were trying to have a second child, although still trying to sort out their relationship.
Marc and Kenya currently live in different cities, as he’s based in New York while his wife lives in Atlanta.
How rich is Kenya Moore’s husband?
As of late 2020, Marc Daly has an estimated net worth of $35 million, which is largely a result of the income obtained from his business SoCo, and his former banking career.
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Marc Daly is an Afro-American man of handsome facial features and slender build. He’s 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall and weighs around 170lbs (77kgs).
Marc Daly has defended NeNe Leakes – a recurrent member of the cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” – against his own wife Kenya Moore: ‘I don’t have a problem with the woman. The woman was very nice to me’.
Daly allegedly tried to stop Kenya from attending The Black Man Event organized by him.
He supposedly still has clothes in Kenya Moore’s house, and often visits her.
Marc Daly owns and lives in a mansion in New York City.