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Who Is Martha Stewart And How Did She Make Her Fortune?

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Martha Helen Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A on August 3, 1941. She is a known businesswoman, television personality and writer and over the years, has made a name for herself in the world.

Stewart was born into a family of six children, of which she was the second child. Her parents. Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra and Edward Kostyra were of Polish descent, but decided to move across country to New Jersey to start a new life and that was exactly what they did.

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When Stewart came to America, she decided to adopt the name 'Grace' as her confirmation name in the Catholic church. At age ten, Stewart started working as a babysitter for younger children and took care of them the best way she could. Many of her clients were members of the New York Yankees.

Five years down the line, Stewart decided to go into modelling and that was when she landed a deal, to feature in a Unilever commercial on television.

Martha Stewart looks gorgeous in this photo as she poses for the camera with her new cooked meal.
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After this, Stewart took it high a notch and appeared in several commercials including magazines. In no time, a lot of people were singing her praises; because she was not only beautiful, but have the brains to back it up.

Aside from modelling, Stewart especially loved cooking and sewing. She had a lot of fun whenever her mother had the time to teach her.

When Stewart finished High School, she became a student of Barnard College of Columbia University, where she decided on Chemistry major. However, after a while, she switched the course for architectural history.

Martha Stewart sports a brown leather boot, denim pant and white long sleeved shirt.
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Initially, Stewart had never dreamed of seeing herself glued to the cooking world, but as time went on, it began to seemed like she was more accustomed to making meals. Sewart's experience as a chef and hostess attracted Alan Mirken, the founder if Crown Publishing Group.

He offered her a chance to write her personal cookbook, which was exactly what she did. Since then, Stewart has released several amazing cookbooks and hosted many shows in different parts of the world. While she was writing cookbooks, Stewart was also authoring magazine and newspaper articles.


In 1990, Stewart came to an agreement with Time Publishing Ventures to create a magazine called "Martha Stewart Living." When the first issue went out, it had a rate of over 250,000.

in 1997, Stewart gathered funds to buy the television and ventures that include Martha Stewart and automatically changed it into a new company called "Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia."

Stewart has only been married once to Andrew Stewart, but the duo divorced after 29 years of marriage. They share one child, Alexis Stewart, which is Martha Stewart's only child.

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