Most young teenaged girls who get knocked at such a young age often get written off in life. Not Kate Stewart. At the age of 33, the British dragon lady who sits atop a fortune of businesses and investments is so rich that she can afford to pay USD1,500 a night for a luxury suite at the W Hotel in London while away on working trips.
Kate will be appearing at the UK show entitled How The Other Half Lives. The UK Mirror reports that the former single mom will be talking about her lifestyle, her origins, and the journey that has taken her to be where she is now.
Back in the day, Kate was a single mom at 17 who was a working student, struggling to work and study at the same time to make ends meet and to finish a degree. Her dead-end job paid an equivalent of fewer than four dollars an hour.
"I got pregnant at 17 and the destiny written for me was 'you are going to claim benefits and have more kids.' Everyone wrote me off and I thought 'no' and came back fighting. That gave me the drive to achieve," the saucy businesswoman told show hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Kate went on to work as a secretary while taking care of daughter Caitlin (15) while studying for a business and management degree at the same time.
She went on to make wise investments in tanning shops and beauty salons. This way, she was able to make her first million a decade ago. Then she went on to own Liverpool's Heritage Market while continuing to invest her money.
One remarkable mark of her lifestyle is the way she often travels but light, with only toiletries in her bag, and hardly ever desires to bring a pack of clothes with her. Instead, she gets a 'designer wardrobe room service' of handpicked outfits chosen online, that is delivered straight to her hotel.
These are the ones that she uses for her business meetings, lunches, charity balls and dinners. The philosophy is, she wants to make a real impression by looking good, and she wants to do it in record time.
"Every second is accounted for; time management is key in my life. This is just so much easier for me," the multi-millionaire mother-of-three says.
Kate thinks "image is paramount." She says, "It is not about being looked at, it is about being remembered," she says.