Martha Stewart: Everything You’d Ever Want in a CEO

May 1, 2013
J. Webster
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What do you want in your CEO? Leadership. Integrity. Honesty. Intelligence. Toughness.

Well, Martha Stewart possesses some of those qualities but she’s has some other rather unique skills and past experiences that must inform her work as a CEO. Here’s a nice list of some things that make her stand out as CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. I don’t think there are too many CEOs of publicly traded companies who possess these qualities and or have had these experiences. Spent time in prison, check. Dated Anthony Hopkins, check. Has a profile on, check.

Prison. She’s spent time in prison for insider trading. She served a five-month term in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period of supervised release. Prison time only makes you tougher, right?

Online dating. She’s has a profile on Here’s what she’s looking for: “So while I’m open to all kinds of people, and love to be surprised, here’s what I know I appreciate in a man: Someone who’s intelligent, established, and curious; and who relishes adventure and new experiences as much as I do. Someone who can teach me new things. A lover of animals, grandchildren, and the outdoors. Young at heart.”

Former model. She started modeling at 13. “No, I actually didn’t. I knew I was good enough to get $60 an hour, which was the going rate at the time. I wasn’t the cover girl. I wasn’t Suzy Parker. But I should’ve been. Maybe if I had had somebody encouraging me … But then I got married when I was 19.”

Late night TV. Regular appearances on David Letterman. Here’s her first appearance on Letterman back in 1989. She talks about her line of “sheets” at Kmart.

Dated Sir Anthony Hopkins. She ended the relationship after she saw The Silence of the Lambs. She stated she was unable to avoid associating Hopkins with the character of Hannibal Lecter.

What’s true though about Martha Stewart is she knows how to market herself and her products. That’s why two companies, JC Penny and Macy’s, are currently fighting over the right to exclusively sell her products at their stores. I don’t know why one of the stores just doesn’t buy Martha Stewart’s entire company?

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