Marianna Forte is the only child of Alistair Forte, former wife of Senator John Burch and mother of Scarlett. She is a short woman in her late fifties with white hair, thin and angular after a recent bout of internal issues that she has increasingly suffered from after the birth of her second child. She is strong willed and ruthless, having run the family business for almost thirty years since Alistair succumbed to dementia shortly after Scarlett was born. In that time she has demonstrated admirable or brutal business savvy(depending on who you ask), openly swallowing up multiple smaller companies and further expanding into fuel refinery and production to cut costs for her own transport. She has also made forays into ownership of other properties in the media and retail industries, with mixed successes.
Marianna does not talk about the death of her son or her failed marriage to interviewers, despite her husband’s embarrassing decline and then impressive return to form. Her focus is the business and she is an intensely private woman when it comes to her family, of which very little remains. She loves Scarlett very much in her own way, seeing much of herself in her still green daughter and tolerating and funding Scarlett’s attempts to ‘foray out’ on her own. She trusts that eventually her daughter will prove her worth, despite her strange habits in recent years.