Born: August 3, 1941. Martha Steward is one smart cookie. After a successful modeling career, she peeked into the future and created success with entrepreneurial ventures in merchandising, cooking, and housewares. Her talents in hosting her own television shows and penning several best-selling books make her one of the most well-respected women in show business. Her hard work, innovations, and investments have certainly paid off for this near 80-year old.