What is Martha Stewart’s net worth? 81-year-old becomes oldest Sports Illustrated cover model

Martha Stewart was once worth $1 billion (AFP via Getty Images)
Martha Stewart was once worth $1 billion (AFP via Getty Images)

Martha Stewart has become the oldest person to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, at 81.

The American businesswoman and TV personality described the magazine cover as the “opportunity of a lifetime”.

In an Instagram post, she said: “I am so thrilled to be on the cover of the @SI_Swimsuit issue!

“My motto has always been: ‘When you’re through changing, you’re through,’ so I thought, why not be up for this opportunity of a lifetime?

“I hope this cover inspires you to challenge yourself to try new things, no matter what stage of life you are in. Changing, evolving, and being fearless — those are all very good things indeed.”

What is Martha Stewart’s net worth?

Martha Stewart’s net worth is estimated at $400 million (£319 m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Stewart first found success with her catering business, which led to her publishing cookbooks.

She became incredibly popular in the US, contributing to magazines and appearing on TV shows, before publishing her own lifestyle magazine.

Stewart was once worth more than a billion dollars, becoming a billionaire in 1999 when her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, went public.

This company consolidated various ventures attached to her brand, and Stewart became the CEO.

But by 2002, the stock price had dropped, and she lost her billionaire status, according to Investopedia.

In 2004, Stewart spent five months in prison after being found guilty of a number of charges related to insider trading.

Following her stint in prison, Stewart launched The Martha Stewart Show, which aired between 2005 and 2012.

During this time, she also published several books on baking and homemaking.

In 2015, the company was sold to Sequential Brands Group for $350 million (£279 m). It was later sold to Marquee Brands in 2019 for $175 million (£140 m).

In 2020, inspired by her friendship with Snoop Dogg, Stewart launched her own brand of CBD products.

It’s estimated that Stewart owns around $100 million (around £80 m) worth of real estate, as she owns several properties in New York and Maine.