She may not be a household name, but she is an Austin tech entrepreneur Thai Lee is richer than Oprah Winfrey and deserves a spot among the 10 richest women in America
Forbes places Lee at number 8 on its new list of America’s Richest Homemade Women, with an estimated net worth of $ 3.2 billion. Forbes estimates Winfrey’s net worth at $ 2.6 billion, which puts her in ninth place.
Lee, a native of Taiwan, holds an MBA from Harvard University. She is the founder, president, and CEO of SHI International Corp., a provider of IT products and services with projected sales of $ 11 billion in 2020. SHI is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, but is located in Austin the call center from SHI.
A total of four women entrepreneurs from Austin appear in the ranking. Whitney Wolfe flockThe founder and executive director of social media company Bumble is valued at $ 575 million, making her number 39. If the latest reports are correct, Herd could reach billionaire status if Bumble goes public.
Lisa Su Ranks No. 44. The native Taiwanese is the President and CEO of Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor company AMD. Forbes sets Su’s net worth at $ 530 million. She lives in Austin, where AMD has around 2,300 employees.
Entrepreneur and Professor Kendra Scott Forbes says she has amassed $ 510 million in net worth as the founder, chairman and CEO of Kendra Scott LLC, which designs and sells jewelry.
The four Austin women join four other Texans from Dallas-Fort Worth in the elite club of America’s richest self-made women:
- Robyn Jones, # 16. Her net worth is estimated at $ 1.1 billion. Jones is the founder of Westlake-based Goosehead Insurance Agency LLC, which has more than 1,100 franchise offices.
- April AnthonyForbes estimates her net worth at $ 700 million. She is the CEO of the Dallas-based Home Health and Hospice Division of Encompass Health Corp.
- Kathleen Hildreth59. Her net worth is estimated at $ 370 million. Hildreth is the co-founder of M1 Support Services LP, an aviation logistics company based in Denton.
- Suzy BatizForbes estimates her net worth at $ 215 million. Batiz is the founder of the Addison-based manufacturer of the poo-pourri bathroom spray.
At the top of Forbes’ list, which was released on October 13, is Diane Hendricks. She is the co-founder and chairman of Beloit, Wisconsin-based roof, siding, and window distributor ABC Supply Co Inc. Her estimated net worth: $ 8 billion.