Famed As: The Creator of Spanx
About: Sara Blakely is the founder and owner of Spanx, a global undergarment company. As of 2012, she was declared the world’s youngest self-made, female billionaire. Blakely received a degree in Communications from Florida State University. She founded Spanx in 2000 after she was unable to find pantyhose that didn’t have seamed toes, and didn’t roll up after she cut them. Blakely invested all of her life-savings into Spanx, and needless to say, it has more than paid off. The company has had success across the globe. In 2012, she was listed on Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. And in 2014, Forbes ranked Blakely as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world.
Quote: “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.”