MARTHA STEWART
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
1982:
Published her first book, Entertaining, which has become an American classic 1998, 1999: Nominated one of the "50 Most Powerful Women" by Fortune magazine.

When America wants to learn how to make the perfect pie crust, plant an herb garden, create a beautiful flower arrangement, or fix a broken window pane, they turn to Martha Stewart. Through the award-winning magazine, Martha Stewart Living, bestselling books, Emmy-award winning television show, web site, syndicated newspaper columns, national radio show, mail order catalog and product lines, Martha Stewart shares the creative principles and practical ideas that have made her America's most trusted guide to stylish living.

Inspiration surrounded Martha at an early age. Raised in Nutley, New Jersey in a family of six children, Martha developed her passion for cooking, gardening and homekeeping in her childhood home on Elm Place. Her mother, a schoolteacher and homemaker, taught her the basics of cooking, baking, canning, and sewing, and 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 garden. 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 with her husband and daughter, Alexis, in 1972, 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. One of the most beautiful and influential lifestyle books ever published, Entertaining has become an American classic.

Martha Stewart has twice been named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women" by Fortune Magazine (October 1998 and October 1999), as well as one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by Time Magazine in June 1996. She has earned two Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Service Show Host," (for the 1994-95 and 1996-97 broadcast seasons), and in March 1998, she earned an Edison Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association. In Fall 1998, Martha Stewart was presented the HFN 1998 CEO Summit Award, and was inducted into the National Sales & Marketing Hall of Fame. Martha was named "Publishing Executive of the Year" by Adweek in March 1996, and was a recipient of a 1996 Matrix Award in the magazine category, honoring her as an outstanding woman in the communications industry. Martha lectures across the country on behalf of numerous organizations, supporting charities including the national chapter of the March of Dimes and the Lupus Foundation.