Martha Stewart (born August 3, 1941) is an American business magnate, author, editor, former model, convicted criminal and homemaking advocate. Over the last two decades Stewart has held a prominent position in the American publishing industry; as the author of several books, hundreds of articles on the domestic arts, editor of a national homekeeping magazine, host for two popular daytime television programs, and commercial spokeswoman for K-Mart, helping to propel her into international fame. In 2002, she was accused of insider trading and other crimes relating to statements that she made to investigators, and in 2004 she was convicted of a felony, sentenced to prison, fined, and barred from serving on a public company Board of Directors and from serving in certain executive capacities for five years.
Since her release from prison in March 2005, Stewart has been focused on reviving the fortunes of her businesses, which had suffered due to the very public accusations, her conviction and incarceration, and the extremely volatile price of her company's stock beginning with Stewart's legal troubles. Stewart rapidly regained her former prominence as a homemaking expert, and she currently hosts Martha, as well as appearing on other television shows. She is once again involved with her magazine, Martha Stewart Living, she published a new book on starting a business, her merchandising activities are expanding, and the price of her company's stock recovered significantly.[Source: Wikipedia]