Martha Stewart (born Martha Helen Kostyra; August 3,
1941) is an American business magnate, writer, and television personality.
As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has gained success through
a variety of business ventures, encompassing publishing, broadcasting, merchandising,
and electronic commerce. She has written numerous bestselling books and
is the publisher of the Martha Stewart Living magazine, while her syndicated
talk show, Martha, is broadcast internationally. In 2004, Stewart was convicted
of charges related to the ImClone insider trading affair and there was speculation
that the incident would effectively end her media empire. She began
a comeback campaign in 2005 and her company returned to profitability in
2006. Stewart rejoined the board of directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
in 2011 and became chairman of her namesake company again in 2012.