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2003 Fact Sheet


§         Mary Kay Inc. is one of the largest direct selling skin care and color cosmetic companies in the world.


§         Mary Kay Inc. has more than 1 million Independent Beauty Consultants worldwide. Since opening its first international venture in Australia in 1971, Mary Kay Inc.’s international presence spans 33 markets.


§         In 2002, sales reached nearly $1.6 billion at the wholesale level.


§         The Mary Kay U.S. career car program includes more than 10,000 vehicles.  In addition to the pink Cadillac, the program features the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Pontiac Grand Am.  Since the inception of the career car program, Mary Kay Inc. has awarded the use of more than 80,000 cars to its independent sales force.


§         Mary Kay develops, tests, manufactures and packages the majority of its own products at its state-of-the art plants in Dallas and China.


§         Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for its products and is a PETA pledge member.


§         More than 300 women worldwide have attained the position of Independent National Sales Director, the highest status within the independent sales force. 


§         More than 200 women in the U.S. have earned more than $1 million in gross commissions.


§         More than 19,000 women across the world have reached the rank of Independent Sales Director.  In the United States, more than 13,000 women have attained this position.


§         Starting a Mary Kay independent business costs as little as $100 (plus tax and shipping) for a starter kit and educational materials.


§         Mary Kay Inc. awards more than $50 million annually in incentive awards to Independent Beauty Consultants and Independent Sales Directors.


§         Mary Kay’s world headquarters in Dallas totals nearly 600,000 square feet and can accommodate more than 1,200 employees.


§         Richard Rogers, co-founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics and son of Mary Kay Ash, resumed duties as CEO in June 2001.


§         Mary Kay Ash passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2001.


§         Mary Kay Ash’s autobiography has sold more than two million copies and her two other books, You Can Have It All and Mary Kay on People Management achieved best‑seller status.

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§         Mary Kay Inc. is a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA).  The Company has been awarded two prestigious DSA awards in recent years:  in 2001, the Industry Innovation Award for the company’s Personal Web Site program, which assists the independent sales force with their businesses; and in 2002; the Vision for Tomorrow Award for underwriting a groundbreaking documentary “Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope” that addresses the issue of violence against women.


§         In 1984 and 1993, Mary Kay Inc. was featured in The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America.  Mary Kay was listed as one of the 10 best companies for women, and it was the only cosmetics company on the list.  Mary Kay was one of only 55 companies to be included in both the first and second editions of the book.  In January 1998, Mary Kay Inc. was again included in The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America listing, which was published by Fortune magazine.  Mary Kay Inc. was one of only 28 companies to be named to the list each of these three times.


§         Mary Kay Inc. is one of 20 company profiles in the 1996 book, Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time. Mary Kay Ash is the only woman included.


§         The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was created in 1996 to fund research of cancers affecting women, and in 2000, expanded its mission to include the prevention of violence against women. 


§         Online orders from its independent sales force account for more than 85 percent of Company revenues.  Mary Kay Inc. was noted as one of the top companies in the world in online sales according to Interactive Week magazine, and its Web site has been honored by CIO and Darwin magazines.


Mary Kay Inc., one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world, achieved another year of record results in 2002, reaching nearly $1.6 billion in wholesale sales.  The company has more than 1 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants in 34 markets worldwide.  Mary Kay has averaged double-digit annual growth since the Company's founding in 1963 and celebrates 40 years of enriching women’s lives.  The Mary Kay® product line includes more than 200 premium products in eight categories: facial skin care, color cosmetics, nail care, body care, sun protection, fragrances, men’s skin care and men’s and women’s dietary supplements. To locate a Consultant near you, call 1-800-MARY KAY (627-9529) or use the Consultant Locator at



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