Who Is Maureen Kelly Tarte Husband? Married After Tragedy

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Although she tragically lost her first love, Maureen Kelly Tarte leads a blissful married life with her now husband, Scott.

The American entrepreneur lost her first husband, Mark Ludvigsen, in a 9/11 terrorist attack. After years of grief, she found happiness alongside her now husband, Scott, whom she married in 2004.

Maureen Kelly, A Founder Of An American Cosmetics, Tarte Cosmetics
Maureen Kelly, A Founder Of An American Cosmetics, Tarte Cosmetics (Source: Instagram)

Maureen Kelly, a founder of an American cosmetics company named Tarte Cosmetics, is a prominent figure in the business world.

While pursuing a Ph.D., she quit her plan of becoming a clinical psychologist and pursued her interest in cosmetics.

Despite having no beauty or business experience, she launched her company in 1999 from her single-bedroom New York City apartment.

Driven by her passion, she lauched her first product, a cheek stain, which debuted its first order at Henri Bendel in 2000.

Today, Tarte products are sold internationally, including in U.S. department stores and Sephora and Ulta Beauty stores.

Additionally, since May 2014, Japanese company Kose Corporation has held a 93.5 percent stake in Tarte Cosmetics following a $135 million acquisition deal.

Who Is Maureen Kelly Tarte Husband?

Maureen Kelly was previously married to her late husband, Mark Ludvigsen, who tragically passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

He was a bond salesman at the investment banking company of Keefe, Woods, and Bruyette and was a keen rugby football player.

A native of Rothesay, Canada, Mark was born on May 12, 1969, to his parents, Karl and Christina Ludvigsen.

His parents, along with him and his younger sister, Clare, moved to New Jersey, USA, when he was young.

Maureen Kelly With Her Now Husband And Her Two Sons
Maureen Kelly With Her Now Husband And Her Two Sons (Source: Instagram)

Maureen and Mark first met at an East Side bar, and after dating for a while, they exchanged wedding rings in 1998.

The two had big plans for their future, but, unfortunately, Mark died at the young age of 32 while at work on the 89th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Following the tragedy, Kelly’s company faced significant challenges, but she regained her strength and worked for a better future.

However, she remarried in 2004 and now leads a joyous life with her husband, Scott. Together, they share two sons named Sully and Finn McDonough.

All About Her Company, Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte Cosmetics is an American company founded by Maureen Kelly in 1999 to promote the use of natural makeup.

Maureen developed her first product, cheek stain, and initially launched in Henri Bendel in 2000. As sales continued, she lauched a variety of new items, expanding her market and product offerings.

In addition to her business endeavors, she is popular for her philanthropic efforts.

Tarte Cosmetics Founder Maureen Kelly
Tarte Cosmetics Founder Maureen Kelly (Source: Instagram)

She has partnered with Sustainable Amazon Partnership with a mission to generate employment opportunities, boost people’s conditions, and provide proper education.

On the other hand, her company, Tarte Cosmetics, has faced controversies on multiple occasions. 

In 2018, after the release of the foundation version of Shape Tape Concealer, customers noticed that the shade range ignored darker skin tones. This, in turn, led to many backlash and criticism.

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