Martha Helen Stewart is an American businesswoman and television personality with an estimated net worth of $300 million. As the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has enjoyed enormous success in multiple business ventures. Now let’s have a close look on Martha Stewart’s net worth in 2018.
Martha Stewart Early Life
Born on August 3, 1941, in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Edward and Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra, Martha is the second of six children and is of completely Polish heritage. She had a very middle-class upbringing.
She went to Nutley High school and was then accepted into Barnard College. She eventually majored in history and architectural history. She modelled for Chanel to support herself through College.
She married Andrew Stewart, a Yale law student in 1961. They had a daughter, Alexis in 1965. However, the pair eventually got a divorce in 1990.
She then dated Sir Anthony Hopkins but broke up with him because she kept associating him with her role in The Silence of the Lambs.
She has also reportedly dated Charles Simonyi, on and off for around fifteen years. The two broke up in 2008.
Martha Stewart Career
After obtaining her degree, Martha switched career paths and became a stockbroker in 1967. Around that time, Stewart and her husband moved to Westport, and they bought a refurbished home. Martha’s talent as for decorating became eminent at the time.
In 1976, she dabbled in the catering business with her friend Norma Collier.
Stewart published her first cookbook, Entertaining in 1982. It was received very well by readers, and this led to her publishing more books like Martha Stewart’s Hors D’oeuvres, The Wedding Planner, Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts, Weddings, and Martha Stewart’s Christmas, Martha Stewart’s Quick Cook, Martha Stewart’s Quick Cook Menus.
She has also written for newspaper columns and appeared on television programmes like Larry King Live and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Martha signed a deal with Time Publishing Ventures to act as editor-in-chief for her own magazine, Martha Stewart Living. It started off with limited circulation but soon gained widespread popularity.
Stewart eventually had her own show based on the magazine starting from 1993.
She has also made regular appearances in the Today Show and The Early Show.
In 1997, she eventually gathered enough funds to purchase everything that she had created under her name and amalgamated it into the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia company. She became the first female self-made billionaire in the United States.
In 2004, Stewart was found guilty of felony charges of obstruction of the agency proceeding, conspiracy and making false statements to federal agents. She was released from prison in 2005.
Martha took back her life, and she debuted in her own talk show, The Martha Stewart Show as well as The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005.
She also published multiple books post her prison episode.
Stewart’s TV appearances include a cameo in Ugly Betty and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
She also had her own show on PBS, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.
Awards and Achievements
Martha has won the Daytime Emmy for her show Martha in 2011, 2010, and for Martha Stewart Living in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 1997.
Net Worth of Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart has a net worth of $350 million as a result of her successful ventures under the company that she has created.
Martha Stewart’s uncanny business acumen has led to much of her success. Her career trajectory is indeed an incredible one, and it is a testament to her tenacity that she has built herself up even after being in prison.