Inspirational read for women

"It doesn't matter how much money you have in the bank or how many diamonds you wear. I had all that, and it did not make me a happy person."

"It doesn't matter how much money you have in the bank or how many diamonds you wear. I had all that, and it did not make me a happy person."

These are the words of Edith Venter as told to Heather Dugmore in The Art of Good Living.

The celebrity businesswoman, mother and events organiser, is known for her style and impeccable taste and as a regular of the local media's society beat.

She burst into the public arena as the Sunday Times' Best Dressed Woman of 1989.

She grew up in a normal family where there was no divorce, deceit or abuse. The family didn't have much money but there was a lot of love.

By the age of 25 Venter had married Roy Hermer. They divorced before she was 30. She then married electronics tycoon Bill Venter. This marriage also crumbled.

One of the worst decisions she made was to marry Garth Carstens, who was 10 years her junior. He was a smooth talker and charmer, came across as a caring, nurturing and religious family man.

He told her what she wanted to hear - how wonderful and sexy she was.

They married three months after they met, which upset people close to her. The divorce left her broke.

In 1999 she launched Edith Venter Promotions, a promotions company, and has never looked back.

She had no intention of marrying again until she met Johnny Schwartz, a financial adviser, who swept her off her feet.

It's an inspirational book that every woman should read.

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