Sara Blakely is the founder and CEO of Spanx. She came up with the idea for her revolutionary shapewear product in 1998. Two years later, the first version of Spanx hit the market, quickly winning over such famous shoppers as Oprah Winfrey.
In March 2012, Blakely made the cover of Forbes magazine as the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. She debuted her special shapewear line for Target, called Assets, that same year. Blakely has continued to grow her business, branching into the jeans market in 2015.
In addition to her shapewear empire, Sara is a noted philanthropist. She established the Sara Blakely Foundation in 2006, which “is dedicated to helping women globally and locally through education and entrepreneurship,” according to the Spanx website.