1. Martha Stewart is known for being a relentless workaholic, only sleeping four hours each night.
  2. It's rumored that Martha Stewart sleeps with the lights on so that when she wakes up, she can immediately get back to work.
  3. Martha Stewart is America's first self-made female billionaire.
  4. Martha grew up as one of six children (she was the second).
  5. She was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1996.
  6. She worked as a model throughout college to pay for tuition.
  7. As a child, Martha Stewart would go to her local library and try to read every book on each shelf.
  8. Her mother taught her how to cook, bake, and sew, while her father taught her how to garden as a young child.
  9. Martha Stewart is big animal lover, owning several dogs, cats, birds, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, and horses.
  10. Martha Stewart has had a hand in TV, magazines, books, radio, digital content, mass-market homeware production, food wares, and real estate (among others).
  11. She earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in history and architectural history.
  12. Martha Stewart at one point was dating Sir Anthony Hopkins, but broke things off after watching The Silence of the Lambs, stating that she couldn't help associating Hopkins with the Hannibal Lecter character.
  13. Martha Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, has been recognized for 18 Emmy Awards since its inception in 1997.
  14. At one point, Martha Stewart owned eight houses--two Manhattan apartments; her Turkey Hill home in Westport, Connecticut; two houses in the Hamptons; a 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York; and the famous Maine estate, Skylands.
  15. The infamous insider trading scandal that threatened her entire empire was the result of basically chump change (when talking billions). In 2001, Martha sold 3,928 shares of the biotech company ImClone for $229,500 after hearing that her friend Sam Waksal was dumping his shares--just before ImClone went public with news that one of its drugs had been rejected by the FDA. The move saved her $50,000--pocket change, considering the firestorm that followed.
  16. Martha Stewart was convicted of four felony charges in 2004 involving conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, giving false statements, and committing perjury. She spent five months in federal prison, followed by five months of home confinement.
  17. In addition to her prison sentence, she was given a five-year ban on serving as an officer or director of her company.
  18. Martha Stewart is known for lining her pockets with company money--in 2009, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia lost $15 million, but Martha's personal compensation was nearly $10 million. Martha billed the company for everything from fitness expenses to her own personal vacations.
  19. In 2013, Martha Stewart wound up in court again during a lawsuit with Macy's over a contract dispute--Martha had begun working on product partnerships with J.C. Penney while still under contract with Macy's.
  20. Famous Martha Stewart quotes include, "I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it's not a waste of time," and "It's a good thing."
Published on: Mar 23, 2015
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