Founder, Spanx Inc.
In 2000, Sara Blakely started SPANX® with a dream and $5,000. She invented Footless Body-Shaping Pantyhose and launched a brand that has been revolutionizing the industry for more than a decade. Now with swimwear, activewear and men’s, Sara has taken SPANX from a spunky startup to a global powerhouse. A celebrity favorite and must-have for fans everywhere, Spanx is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, sold in 60 countries and launched its first stores in 2012. Sara was selected as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people and featured on the cover of Forbes as the world's youngest self-made female billionaire. It has always been important to Sara to shape more than women’s butts and in 2013, she signed the Giving Pledge to donate half of her wealth to helping others.