Entrepreneur and Businesswoman
Through the award-winning magazine, Martha Stewart Living, her bestselling books, Emmy-award winning television show, website, syndicated newspaper column, national radio show and product lines, Martha Stewart shares the creative principles and practical ideas that have made her America's most trusted guide to stylish living.
Martha developed her passion for cooking, gardening and homekeeping at an early age. Raised in Nutley, New Jersey, in a family with six children, Martha learned the basics of cooking, baking, canning and sewing from her mother, a schoolteacher and homemaker; her father, a pharmaceutical salesman and avid gardener, introduced her to gardening at the age of three in the family's small but orderly backyard plot.
While earning a bachelor's degree in history and architectural history at Barnard College, Martha worked as a model to pay her tuition. She was married in her sophomore year, and upon graduating became a successful stockbroker on Wall Street, where she gained her early business training. After moving to Westport, Connecticut, in 1972 with her husband and daughter, Alexis, she developed a catering business that showcased her remarkable talent and originality. Her unique visual presentation of food and the elegant recipes she created for her catered events were the basis for her first book, "Entertaining," published in 1982.
Martha's unique business sense and creative vision provided the framework for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the expansive multimedia portfolio that includes award-winning magazines, our nationally syndicated television show, MARTHA, and Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The company also offers a broad range of merchandise for the home--Martha Stewart Everyday products at Kmart, Martha Stewart Signature furniture with Bernhardt, and a new line of Martha Stewart Collection products expected to debut in fall 2007 exclusively at Macy's, among other products--as well as actual homes, created in partnership with KB Home.
Awards and Honors:
Martha Stewart has been awarded numerous honors and distinctions from the worlds of business, education, television, media, culinary arts and retail. In April 2005, she was included among the 100 most influential men and women of the year in TIME magazine's annual "TIME 100" list. In October 2000 and October 2005, Vanity Fair magazine included her in its annual New Establishment list of the top 50 leaders of the Information Age. Five times, she has been named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women" by Fortune magazine (October 2005, October 2001, October 2000, October 1999 and October 1998). She has also been counted among "America's 25 Most Influential People" in Time Magazine (June 1996) and "New York's 100 Most Influential Women in Business" in Crain's New York Business (September 1999).