Through her ordeal, Martha says she never felt like she had let herself—or anyone else—down. "Because I hadn't," she says.

Martha estimates she lost nearly $1 billion during her trial and prison sentence. "In market value of my stock, yes, because it took its toll on all of us," she says. "Our partners never left us, and our beloved consumers never left us. They are the readers of the magazine, the users of our recipes, the wonderful people who buy our products, who look for the good in the brand. And the brand is strong."

Today, Martha says her company is stronger than ever. "I am so grateful that I survived as well as I did. That my company survived," she says. "That the rebuilding process that had to take place, not only for me but for all my devoted employees and colleagues, has all taken place and we are recovered."


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