DiMera family (Days of Our Lives)

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DiMera family
Days of Our Lives family
Type Fictional family
Created by Pat Falken Smith[a]
Original run November 6, 1981—[a]
Address DiMera Mansion
430 Lakeview Drive
Salem, U.S.A. 06649

The DiMeras are an upper-class Italian Catholic family on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Over the years, the nature of the family itself has been retconned several times; although never directly and overtly, it has been represented as old-line Italian nobility, a relatively self-made European business dynasty, and a stereotypical Mafia family. Its current incarnation appears to be a sort of combination of these: a fairly wealthy Tuscan family with roots in ancient Italian nobility, which according to Stefano goes back centuries and includes kings and popes, and with a strong hand in organized crime (and occasionally, political terrorism) throughout the world. The family is currently represented by the patriarch Stefano's surviving children André and Chad DiMera, adoptive son Peter Blake, and his living grandchildren Steven Hawk, Johnny DiMera, Sydney DiMera, Theo Carver and Thomas DiMera.

At one point the family lost its position but Santo DiMera rebuilt the family, through both legitimate and illegitimate means. Currently has ties to traditional Italian organized crime (and at times, various terrorist elements). It has intermarried with the Brady, and Horton families over the years. In November 2015, the DiMera wealth was substantially reduced when Sami Brady DiMera, under EJ DiMera's instructions, drained all of the liquid assets out of Stefano's financial accounts. Sami kept half of the DiMera money while Belle Black Brady kept the other half. In September 2016, Belle returned her half of the DiMera money to Chad by wiring it to the DiMera Enterprises operating account, prior to her becoming a lawyer for the company. Belle did it to ensure Chad that she was honest and trustworthy.

Over the years it's been revealed that the DiMera family shares a long history with both the Bradford and the Brady families of the fictional midwestern American city of Salem. Currently (as of 2007), the show has been exploring the DiMeras' connection to the Brady clan, dating back at least 50 years in the Bradys' ancestral home of Galway, Ireland, and the roots of a feud between the two families. This is actually a retcon, as the tension between the two families was originally the result of detective half-brothers Roman and Bo Brady and their constant attempts to thwart the various schemes of DiMera family patriarch Stefano DiMera.

In 2007, the family was revealed to originally hail from Tuscany, Italy although Stefano has at various times headquartered the family in Rome, New Orleans, Venezuela, various uncharted islands in the Caribbean, and of course, Salem. A 1988 storyline revealed some family activity in the Far East, but through the years the family has consistently been portrayed as having significant legitimate business holdings, criminal activities, and even political control throughout Latin America as well as the United States. Although never shown onscreen, the family is also mentioned to have been involved in terrorism and political assassinations in such places as Thailand, Israel, and Iraq. Storylines in 2008 indicate the core of the family business is shipping. 2009 storylines with the Kiriakis family revealed the DiMeras control labor unions that they used against their business rivals, including the Kiriakis family, with surprise strikes. Storylines involving EJ and Chad revealed the DiMeras own several apartment complexes in Salem revealing the DiMeras are involved in real estate. 2015 storylines revealed DiMera Enterprises has a telecommunications division. In the Salem area, the DiMeras control all "territory north of the water" while the Kiriakis organization controls all "territory south of the water". 2015 storylines involving Chad and Abigail Deveraux revealed the DiMeras are involved in land development. Later 2016 storylines involving Chad DiMera, Kate Roberts, and Andre DiMera indicate that the DiMera's are trying to control the docks in Salem (which have been under Kiriakis control for decades) in order to recover DiMera Enterprises (financially).

The family has always appeared to be extraordinarily powerful in the criminal underworld. The DiMeras have the reputation as being cruel, twisted and ruthless in achieving their goals and the name "DiMera" consistently strikes terror into the hearts of other criminals. Santo, Stefano, Tony, and EJ all have international reputations as ruthless businessmen and powerful underworld figures. The family and the crime syndicate it controls are so powerful as to be a major focus of several high-level law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout the world, including the fictional ISA.

The Italian translation of DiMera is "Of the sea," or "From the ocean."

Family members[edit]

First generation[edit]

  • Six unknown older brothers (deceased)
  • Santo DiMera (deceased)

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

Fourth generation[edit]

In-Laws[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Family tree[edit]

 
 
Unknown
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colleen Brady
 
Santo DiMera
 
Stefano's mother
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ryan Brady
 
Madeline Peterson Woods
 
Stefano's brother
 
Mrs. DiMera
 
Stefano DiMera
 
Susan Banks
 
Daphne DiMera
 
Enrico
 
 
Lee DuMonde
 
 
Celeste Perrault
 
Ellen Hawk
 
 
 
 
 
 
Megan's mother
 
 
 
 
Rachel Blake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mia McCormick
 
Chad DiMera
 
Abigail Deveraux
 
André DiMera
 
EJ DiMera
 
Sami Brady
 
Tony DiMera
 
Renée DuMonde
 
Lexie Brooks
 
Abe Carver
 
Benjy Hawk
 
Sonia Hawk
 
Megan Hathaway
 
Kristen DiMera
(adopted)
 
Peter Blake
(adopted)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grace Brady
 
Thomas Deveraux
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Johnny DiMera
 
Sydney DiMera
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Theo Carver
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Hawk

Descendants[edit]

DiMera Mansion[edit]

Address: 430 Lakeview Drive Salem, USA 06649

This is a three-story, all-brick Georgian style dwelling with six bedrooms, seven baths. There are also plenty of secret rooms, separate servants' quarters and a guest house on about five acres of property lush with colorful English-style gardens which contain rare flowers imported from Italy. Tony DiMera added many Mediterranean touches and colors to the house. In the main living room and lobby area busts of Roman emperors can be seen on the tables. It also has been shown there is an underground dungeon that the DiMeras have used to imprison their enemies. It is staffed by many servants with the main butler Harold and maid Mary being the most prominent. It was formerly a part of DiMera Enterprises. Historically, the person (or persons) who controlled DiMera Enterprises also controlled the DiMera mansion. Chad DiMera became owner of the mansion after he paid off the back taxes on it.

The DiMera mansion is often seen by Salem residents as a fearsome and haunting place. It is commonly referred to as a "house of horrors" and the "bowls of Hell".

DiMera Mansion residents[edit]

Current residents[edit]

Former residents[edit]

DiMera Enterprises[edit]

DiMera Enterprises, founded by Santo DiMera is an international conglomerate. In Europe, DiMera Enterprises were behind many hostile takeovers, drug operations and organized crimes. Santo built DiMera Enterprises into an international powerhouse and made connections and deals with numerous officials and businessmen around the world that benefited DiMera Enterprises and were later used by his son Stefano. In early February 1982, Santo's son Stefano DiMera moved the "family business" to midwestern Salem to build a family there. It originated in Tuscany, but has branch offices in various parts of the world, including Rome, New Orleans, Hong Kong, London, Venezuela, various uncharted islands in the Caribbean, and of course Salem. Storylines in 2008 indicate the core of the family business is shipping.

Upon Stefano's death in 2012 EJ DiMera assumed control of DiMera Enterprises. Shortly before his death Stefano had another will drawn up that disinherited EJ because Stefano had recently discovered that EJ is not his biological son but the will was never signed, witnessed, and notarized and therefore not legally binding. However it was revealed on August 21, 2012 that Ian McAllister faked Stefano's death as well as forging Alice's letter and EJ's DNA test, therefore making EJ Stefano's biological son once again.

In July 2013 EJ, with Justin Kiriakis's help, successfully pulled a hostile takeover and took over complete ownership of DiMera Enterprises.

In September 2013, with Sami Brady's trial in full swing, EJ pleads with his father to help Sami and he will do anything, part of it, he agree's to handover control back of DiMera Enterprises to Stefano and will live in the mansion until Stefano says otherwise.

Stefano loses control of DiMera Enterprises in July 2014, when Kate Roberts and Sami Brady successfully forged his and EJ's signatures on documents that make them Co-CEOs of DiMera Enterprise. In March 2015, Stefano regains control with the help of his son Chad DiMera and Victor Kiriakis.

After Stefano's final death in 2016, Chad became Stefano's successor as Chairman and CEO.

Divisions[edit]

  • Real Estate Division
  • Shipping Division
  • Telecommunications Division

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • Anna DiMera Designs
  • Countess Wilhemina Cosmetics
  • DiMera Advertising
  • Sonix Magazine

DiMera Enterprises Employees[edit]

Current employees[edit]

  • Chad DiMera, CEO and Chairman (2016-onwards), former intern, former Co-CEO, former Model for Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics
  • Abigail Deveraux DiMera, Publicity Director of DiMera Enterprises (March 2017-onwards)
  • Andre DiMera, Executive, Henchman (1983–1984, 2007, 2016-), associate (posing as Tony DiMera) (1993–1996), Former CEO of the DiMera Enterprises (posing as Tony) (2002–2005)
  • Kate Roberts, Executive, Co-CEO of DiMera Enterprises; Former co-CEO of Countess Wilhemina Cosmetics; Former co-CEO of DiMera Enterprises (July 2014-May 2015, 2016-onwards)
  • Lucas Horton, Executive at Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics, a subsidiary of DiMera Enterprises (May 2015-onwards)
  • Belle Black, Lawyer for DiMera Enterprises (2016-onwards)
  • Gabi Hernandez, Image Consultant, former model for Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics (September 2016-onwards)
  • Charlie Casey - board member
  • Don Alexander - board member
  • Mr. Gordon - board member
  • George Merkel - board member
  • Mr. Shin - board member and Hong Kong subsidiary
  • Mr. Valdez - board member
  • Reginald Benedict - London subsidiary
  • Zoe Browning – Editor for Sonix Magazine

Former employees[edit]

  • Anna DiMera - Former Tony DiMera's secretary; Former executive for DiMera Advertising
  • Bart Beiderbecke - Former associate to André DiMera (posing as Tony DiMera) (1997–2007)
  • Billie Reed - Former Co-CEO of Countess Wilhemina Cosmetics
  • Dr.Colin Murphy - Former DiMera doctor, hitman (2002–2003)
  • EJ DiMera - Former lawyer for DiMera Enterprises; President of Countess W Cosmetics; Former Chairman and CEO of DiMera Enterprises; Former Executive for DiMera Enterprises
  • John Black - Former temporarily CEO of DiMera Enterprises (2008)
  • Kristen DiMera - Former CEO of DiMera Enterprises between (1995 and 1997); Former President of Countess W; Former Vice President of DiMera Enterprises (2012-2013, 2014)
  • Patrick Lockhart - henchman for EJ DiMera (on and off from 2004 to 2007)
  • Peter Blake - Former DiMera family attorney
  • Petrov - Former henchman
  • Sami Brady - Former executive for Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics; Former President of Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics; Former Co-CEO of DiMera Enterprises
  • Santo DiMera - Founder, Former Chairman and CEO of DiMera Enterprises
  • Stefano DiMera - Former Chairman and CEO of DiMera Enterprises
  • Tony DiMera - Former executive for DiMera Enterprises; Former executive for DiMera Advertising
  • Will Horton - Former Columnist for Sonix Magazine; Former intern for DiMera Enterprises
  • Dr.Wilhelm Rolf - Former DiMera doctor and henchman

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The introduction of the DiMera family through the character of Tony DiMera, under executive producers Betty Corday and Al Rabin and head writer Pat Falken Smith when his debut aired on November 6, 1981. The character of Renée DuMonde introduced under executive producers, Betty Corday and Al Rabin and head writers, Gary Tomlin and Michelle Poteet Lisanti who debuted on January 2, 1981 was revealed to be a DiMera in 1982.

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