I don’t know about you but when I think about the holidays, crafty and decorating guru Martha Stewart comes to mind. This woman has inspired millions of people all over the country with her crafts, decorating tips and her stalwart work ethic. And even though Martha has been big since the 1980s she continues to inspire generation after generation of women and men. Pregnancy guru Rosie Pope told The Grindstone, “Martha Stewart just has an amazing business. She isn’t part of the current generation but she is amazing at keeping up with millenials. I think it is because she is visual. Everything is touched by Martha Stewart.”
And who wouldn’t want to be Martha Stewart? Her net worth is estimated to be approximately $712 million with her media empire that includes a television show, a magazine, books, housewares and a Sirius Satellite Radio channel. Her former Wall Street boss Andy Monness once said of Martha, “she had a hunger to get into something where she could control all the elements.” After a career as a stock broker, Stewart started a catering business in her basement with friend Norma Collier. In 1977 she was contracted to develop a cookbook which became the New York Times best-seller Entertaining. This marked the official beginning of the Martha Stewart empire. She went on to write many more popular books, newspaper columns, magazine articles and other pieces on homemaking. She also became a known contributor on the television circuit with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. Then in 1987 Kmart came calling, then came the magazine and the TV show.
Well no one will ever quite be Martha but we thought we would take a look at the women (and man) that may be the next Martha Stewart.