Sara Blakely is founder and owner of shapewear brand Spanx, which sells undergarments, leggings, swimwear and maternity wear in over 50 countries. In October 2021, Blackstone announced it would buy a majority stake in Spanx , valuing the company at $1.2 billion. She initially “shilled” her new invention, which became shapewear brand Spanx, on the sales floor at various Neiman Marcus stores. While Spanx is a celebrity favorite, Sara is becoming a celebrity herself. She was a guest judge on ‘Shark Tank’ and had a cameo in ‘Billions.’ A onetime door-to-door fax machine salesperson, she made a makeshift undergarment using pantyhose to wear under white slacks. Sara received her BA from Florida State University.
Year appointed: 2000