02.10.2018. - Sara Blakely, who started Spanx with just 000, still owns 100 . founder says when timing's right, she 'might entertain' going public . However, so far, the company has not been affected by the escalating trade tensions . Spanx, Inc. is an American underwear maker focusing on shaping briefs and leggings, founded to seek out her products at select department stores in exchange for a check that she would send to them by mail as a token of appreciation. 02.08.2016. - Sara Blakely, founder and owner of Spanx, first came up with the concept when . It wasn't glamorous, but it taught her the art of sales—and how to make a cold call. . never publicly raised money or gone into debt to support the brand. . How Brothers Rob and Scott Johnson Traded Corporate Life for a . 13.03.2013. - Sara Blakely in her New York apartment. Ben Baker / Redux for Forbes When I wrote a Forbes profile on Sara Blakely last year, I included a . 11.10.2013. - The founder of Spanx on how she turned a 'crazy idea' into a billion-dollar . of this,' says the svelte 42-year-old, who owns 100% of the closely held company. . She started looking on websites to try to figure out how to make a shaper that . Throughout, she has been the very public face of the company. 09.03.2012. - Spanx founder Sara Blakley, reveals she has also had her fair share of business blunders . to be worth about billion is scared of heights, flying and speaking in public. . In its first year, the company, that is still owned entirely by Ms . A better bank account · A cheaper mortgage · The best DIY investing .