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From the founder of a famed dating app to the leader of a jewelry empire, these Texas moguls have made Forbes’ most recent list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.

The annual list, published August 5, looks at the country’s 100 most successful women entrepreneurs and executives. The cutoff to make the list climbed to $225 million, up from $150 million last year.

These Texas women join the ranks of big names like Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, and Rihanna.

Thai Lee — No. 6

Thai Lee is the CEO of an Austin-based IT company that has over 20,000 customers.

Coming in highest among Texas women is Thai Lee, the Austin-based CEO of IT company SHI International. Lee’s $4.1 billion fortune earned her the No. 6 spot. Her net worth has increased by $2.6 billion since March 2017.

SHI International accounts for $11.1 billion in sales and has over 20,000 customers that include other big company names like AT&T and Boeing.

Lee was born in Bangkok and grew up in South Korea. She moved to the U.S. for high school and eventually earned her MBA from Harvard. SHI International’s beginnings trace back to when Lee and her now ex-husband bought a software reseller for less than $1 million in 1989.

Whitney Wolfe Herd — No. 21

Founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe attends Bumble Presents: Empowering Connections at Fair Market in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Bumble)

Founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe attends Bumble Presents: Empowering Connections at Fair Market in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Bumble)

Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Bumble

Austin-based Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO and co-founder of gender norm defying dating app Bumble, had perhaps the biggest leap in net worth among the Texas women in the top 50, coming in at No. 21 with a $1.3 billion empire.

That net worth is up nearly $11 million from February this year when Bumble went public on the stock market. (Its closing share price soared 63 percent on its opening day.) She became the youngest self-made billionaire with Bumble’s initial public offering, according to Forbes.

Wolfe Herd founded the dating app in 2014 after leaving Tinder. Bumble, Bumble Biz, Bumble BFF, and its secondary dating app Badoo operate in 150 countries with 2.8 million paid users as of March 2021.

Robyn Jones — No. 21

Robyn Jones, the vice chairmen and co-founder of Fort Worth-based Goosehead Insurance, ties for No. 21 with Whitney Wolfe Herd with $1.3 billion.

Jones is an Alberta, Canada, native that founded a property and casualty insurance agency in 2003 while also raising her six children.

Her husband joined her company in 2004, and the couple took Goosehead public in 2018. The company now owns 46 percent of the $739 million in Goosehead’s 2019 written premiums business, which has nearly 1,000 franchises, according to Forbes.

The company is named after her granddaughter, Lucy “Goosehead” Langston.

Kendra Scott — No. 35

Kendra Scott, CEO, designer and philanthropist attends the unveiling of the Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute At The University Of Texas At Austin. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Kendra Scott)

Kendra Scott, CEO, designer and philanthropist attends the unveiling of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute At The University Of Texas At Austin. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Kendra Scott)

Rick Kern/Getty Images for Kendra Scott

Her name really needs no explanation, but for those who don’t know Kendra Scott, she is the founder of the Austin-based jewelry brand of the same name.

Scott comes in at No. 35 on the Forbes list with a net worth of $800 million, a fortune that comes from her majority stake in the company that has annual sales of about $360 million, according to Forbes.

She started making jewelry out of her spare bedroom in Austin in 2002, and the company now has over 100 stores and is sold in retailers across the country.

Scott stepped aside as CEO in February 2021, but continues her role as executive chair.

April Anthony — No. 37

Coming in at No. 37 is April Anthony, founder of Dallas-based Encompass Health Home and Hospice, who has a net worth of $760 million.

Anthony founded Encompass in 1998 and then later sold the company for $750 million to publicly traded HealthSouth in April 2021, when she also stepped down. From 1998 to 2021, Anthony built up Encompass by acquiring 17 home health care providers, according to Forbes.

Before Encompass, she bought her first home health company, Liberty Health Services, in 1992 while just 25 years old.

She also started enterprise software provider Homecare Homebase that was bought by Hearst at a valuation of $625 million in 2013.

Other Texans in the top 100:

Coming in at No. 52 is Lisa Su. The Austin-based CEO of semiconductor firm Advanced Micro Devices has a net worth of $600 million, according to Forbes.

With a $480 million fortune is No. 66 Kathleen Hildreth, who cofounded aviation-maintenance company M1 Support Services in 2003. Hildreth is based in the DFW area.

Rounding out the top 100 is Gwynne Shotwell at No. 69. President and COO of SpaceX, Shotwell has a net worth of $460 million, and is based in Jonesboro.

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