Video inside: Spanx founder Sara Blakely a billionaire


According to Forbes, Sara Blakely is the newest woman to join the brinks of others on the Forbes’ list. Blakely started her company right in Atlanta, Georgia. “Atlanta has been such a supportive community,” said Blakely, a Florida native. “If I had launched in New York, I may have gotten lost in the shuffle.”

Life as an entrepreneur hasn’t always been a red carpet, but Blakely learned at an early age that challenges are as big as the attention you invest. “With every obstacle that has happened to me in my life, my brain immediately says, ‘Where is the hidden blessing?’ ” Blakely said. “In starting a business and growing a business, everyday is learning how to manage obstacles.”

Watch her story after the heartbeat.

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