Born in Chicago, Nikki Haskell was raised in Beverly Hills and became an accomplished horseback rider and a student at the Chicago Art Institute. She continued her art studies at Choulnard, The Art Center. Her artwork has won awards at various shows, including the Brussels Art Fair; she now has a line of serigraphs published by Graphic Encounter.
Haskell studied business at the New York Institute of Finance and became one of the first female stockbrokers on Wall Street. In 1968, Haskell was named Stockbroker of the Year.
Haskell moved on to the entertainment industry to create "The Nikki Haskell Show," which she also produced and hosted. The show was a forerunner to "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." During this time, Haskell also started a special events company called New York Entertainment. She hosted many of the biggest parties of the '80s for stars like Michael Jackson and Cher, at exclusive clubs like Studio 54, The Underground, Xeon, and Le Club.
Haskell was hailed as the "Queen of New York Nitelife," appearing on numerous TV shows, including "Late Night With David Letterman," "Geraldo," and "Donahue." Haskell’s name appears frequently in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and Newsweek. She was written about in the books "Andy Warhol’s Diaries" and "The 100 Most Important Women of the World."
Haskell also co-produced the feature film "Aces High," starring Christopher Plummer and Sir John Gielgud. The film has the distinction of having being screened at a royal command performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
Sparked by a strong interest in health and fitness, Haskell researched the effectiveness of garlic and papaya as part of a weight loss program, eventually developing STAR CAPS. The product has been enormously popular with celebrities like supermodels Margaux Hemingway and Beverly Johnson and singer/actress Lorna Luft.