Eight Texas women have made Forbes' latest and sixth annual America's Richest Self-Made Women list released Tuesday. Of the eight, four of them call Austin home, which is more than any other city in the state. Together, the Austin women are worth more than $4.8 billion.


Here are the four Austin women on the list:

Thai Lee, $3.2 billion

Coming in at eighth place on the list, Thai Lee is no stranger to Forbes, as she also made Forbes' 400 earlier this year. Lee is the CEO of IT provider SHI International, which has over 20,000 customers including big names like AT&T. Lee lived in South Korea until high school, when she moved to the U.S. A Harvard MBA alumna, Lee majored in biology and economics because she wanted to avoid speaking English in class.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, $575 million

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Ranking 39th on the list, Whitney Wolfe Herd has changed the online dating scape as we know it. Herd is the CEO and founder of Bumble, a dating app where women make the first move. The businesswoman is dedicated to empowerment of women; Bumble was originally intended to be a social media platform for women—the app even has a venture fund dedicated to investing in women-run businesses. Herd has almost doubled her wealth since last year, clocking in then at $290 million.

Lisa Su, $530 million

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At 44th place, Lisa Su has made a name for herself in the tech sector. Since she became CEO of semiconductor firm Advanced Micro Devices in 2014, stock prices have risen 20-fold. Su was born in Taiwan but raised in the U.S., where she achieved her Ph.D in electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Su has also worked at big tech companies like IBM and Texas Instruments. The businesswoman was also featured in Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018.

Kendra Scott, $510 million

Though she may be last on the list, Scott is possibly the most well-known businesswoman in Texas. In addition to founding her own jewelry empire, appropriately named after herself, Scott now boasts a teaching position at UT and will take a seat as a guest Shark on ABC's "Shark Tank" in the upcoming season. The jewelry mogul started her business in her spare bedroom at home because she couldn't find quality jewelry she could afford at the time. Scott has been featured in Forbes' Self-Made Women list since 2017.

The full list was calculated using stock prices from Sept. 11 of this year.

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