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Martha Stewart -- Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart combined her catering experience and flair for living elegantly with sharp business sense to build a media empire.
Martha Stewart combined her catering experience and flair for living elegantly with sharp business sense to build a media empire.
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(1941- )

Model, mother, stock broker, caterer, empire builder and queen of living elegantly, Martha Stewart is an entrepreneurial phenom few women, or men, can match.

She is the business mind and "homemaking" skill behind Martha Stewart Living. After her divorce in 1989, having gained experience running a home-based catering business and converting a Connecticut farmhouse into her family's home and a picture of rustic refinement, she turned her skills into an empire.

There were books, a magazine, a TV show -- and finally a "homemaking" media conglomerate that positions her as not only the foremost expert on beautiful living but also one of the wealthiest and most influential women in America.

After serving a jail sentence for insider trading from 2004 to 2005, Stewart resumed her role as head of Martha Stewart Living without missing a beat.

Up next: Even in the world of self-made women, she's a jaw-dropper.

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