Sara Blakely

American businesswoman (1971-)

Sara Treleaven Blakely (born February 27, 1971) is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings, founded in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine's "Time 100" annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2014, she was listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Blakely in 2012


  • “I’m a really bad test taker and I ended up bombing the LSATs twice and I was not able to get into a law school,” she says.
  • She did the next best thing, she says. She drove to Disney World in Florida and asked if she could play the role of Goofy.
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