Spanx Founder and Executive Chairwoman, Spanx
Sara Blakely is the Founder and Executive Chairwoman of SPANX. She revolutionized the undergarment industry with just $5,000 and a "lucky" red backpack and turned it into a global brand known for inventing smarter, more comfortable solutions. Sara was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world and was featured on the cover of Forbes as the youngest self-made female billionaire. She's also a Guinness World Record holder for having the world's highest tea party on top of a hot air balloon - but on Instagram, you may know her as the "Pancake Queen," making pancakes in crazy shapes and sizes for her four children. Blakely has invested millions of dollars to elevate women, and in 2013, she signed the Giving Pledge, promising to donate half her wealth to philanthropy. To this day, SPANX has never taken any outside investments.