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How multifaceted cookbook author Martha Stewart has made her millions

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Homemaker-turned-business owner-turned-author-turned-stockbroker - what can't Martha Stewart do?

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Stewart, now identified as a lifestyle guru, has a current net worth of $400 million, and the story of her journey to success is fascinating.

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She started her career as a babysitter and birthday planner and also appeared in Lifebuoy ads. In 1967, she followed her father-in-law to become a stockbroker.

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With partner Norma Collier, she began a catering service which she later bought out. She then opened her own gournet food store as well.

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Her first book, Entertaining, brought her fame as a cookbook author, with Clarkson Potter publishing over 90 books of her books in over 30 years!

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She has her own magazine, Martha Stewart Living which then turned into a half-hour weekly show in 1993 that became a weekday hourly show.

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In 2000, her net worth was $1 billion, but she was arrested for insider trading in 2001, and the Martha Stewart Living stock went from $591 million to $162 million.

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Stewart lives in a 152-acre estate in Katonah New York, which she purchased for $15.2 million in 2000. It has several buildings and even a horse farm.

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