Daughter Jenesis, Martine, and wife Bina on the
Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite in 2007.
When Dr. Martine Rothblatt
learned that her 6-year-old daughter, Jenesis, suffered from
potentially fatal, pulmonary hypertension, she believed that her
daughter’s fate was in the hand of her doctors. Then one day Jenesis
asked her parents why they themselves couldn’t develop a cure. Dr.
Rothblatt took this challenge to heart and brought her experience as an
entrepreneur who helped start and run several satellite-communications
companies including PanAmSat and Sirius to bear. As a result, Martine
founded United Therapeutics to
develop a treatment. Today, United Therapeutics is a publicly traded
company and Dr. Rothblatt is one of the top compensated corporate
executives in the DC metro region.
Visit United Therapeutics.
ONCE A MAN, ALWAYS A GENIUS
(This is from Martine's visit to the Howard Stern show on March 1, 2007)
Rothblatt, the transsexual who invented satellite radio, stopped in and
immediately said she was married to a woman for 25 years. Martine then
said she was a “Bina-sexual,” explaining her wife, who is still with
her, was named Bina, and she was the only person she was interested in
sexually. Martine next acknowledged she got good grades in high school,
and that she scored roughly 1300 on her SAT. Martine also mentioned her
dream when she was young was to create “little satellites antennas that
could fit on the tops of cars,” and that SIRIUS was the result of that
dream. Martine proceeded to mention she was “a multi-millionaire”
thanks to her invention.
Martine reported her initial
supporter for satellite in the 1980s put up $50 million for the
company, and that she also figured out how to arrange the satellites in
space so that their signals could be picked up through trees and other
obstacles. Martine then recalled the National Association of
Broadcasters once referred to her as “the antichrist” because of the
threat satellite radio posed to terrestrial radio.
said that, although SIRIUS was the first satellite company, XM launched
its first satellite before SIRIUS because its technology wasn’t as
“complicated” as the system she invented. Martine then claimed XM
“freeloaded” off her designs for SIRIUS, which she added was a reason
why she hoped the merger between the companies went through.
She also discussed tiny satellites that will be inserted into a human body and travel to
the brain to download info from it. The tiny satellite would then be
placed in your clone, travel up to your clone's brain and upload your
INTRODUCING HER BETTER HALF
Howard remembered when he was first introduced to
Martine, and that Tim Sabean didn’t know how to tell him about
Martine’s gender situation prior to their meeting. Martine then said
she had “a happy sex life” with her wife, Bina, who, along with the
couple’s daughter, Jenesis, came into the studio. Bina claimed she
never considered leaving Martine after her sex-change operation,
referring to herself as a “Martine-sexual.” Bina also said the
procedure was “gradual,” and that her love for Martine was “different”
than the love other people had for each other, largely because she was
in love with “Martine’s soul.”
Martine proceeded to talk
about some of the things she was working on now to cure certain
diseases, as well as how she was working on method of storing people’s
memories on a chip, which she hoped would one day help cure Alzheimer’s.
Howard took calls from listeners, including one who wondered what
Martine thought the new name of the satellite company should be if
SIRIUS and XM merged. Martine responded that she would be happy with
either name, as long as Howard was the service’s number one talent,
while Howard recommended it be referred to as Jenesis. This turned the
conversation to Jenesis’ personal life, and she acknowledged that, at
22, she was in the process of getting divorced. Howard then asked
Martine if she could create “a perfect robot” for her daughter, and she
said she’d work on it.
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