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 millionTechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 - Day 2
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
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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Austin FC couldn't find the stamina to fight off a 2-0 loss against LAFC for their inaugural match on Saturday.
The match, which saw No. 21 Austin FC go head-to-head with No. 2 LAFC in Los Angeles, was broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes.
Eleven players took the stage as Austin FC players for the first time, with five starters making their MLS debut. "Ringleader" Alex Ring took the captain's armband and wore it well. The defensive midfielder could be seen leading his teammates through their first ever match, but it wasn't enough to stage an Austin takeover in LA.
As Austin FC took the stage for their first-ever match, they appeared more experienced than their track record. The club held LAFC to a scoreless first half, keeping about equal possession of the ball.
In the signature style of Head Coach Josh Wolff, the team played with quickness and intensity, nearly connecting on several fast breaks.
The club was given some generous breaks from No. 2 LAFC, who had one or both of their star DPs out for the half. While forward Diego Rossi is out for the entire match due to a hamstring injury, Carlos Vela was accidentally pulled too soon on what turned out to be a miscommunication.
"He gave us the sign that he needed to come off," LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said on broadcast. "I can't say more than maybe it's my fault."
LA pulled some dramatics and slowly gained more possession throughout the half, but ATXFC's defense wasn't initially as shaky as it seemed in preseason. Jhohan Romana has pulled his weight in getting the ball out of goal, and a 34-year old Matt Besler held his own in center back.
As the second half commenced, however, it became clear that LAFC had the advantage over Austin's first major league team.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver had his work cut out for him, fending off 24 shot attempts, 11 of which were on goal.
LAFC finally connected in the 61st minute of play as Corey Baird shot one in to the bottom right corner. The team capitalized off their momentum and put one past Stuver a second time, drawing roars of approval from the LAFC crowd.
While some last minute attempts from Jon Gallagher and others were made, Austin FC didn't have the endurance to bring a tie. After seven additional minutes of stoppage time, the club lost their first match 2-0.
It's matchday! Austin FC—Austin's first major league sport team—kicks off its debut season in Los Angeles today after years in the making. We know how much this means to our beloved city and are taking you along with us as we journey to LA!
Austin FC writer Claire Partain and I are excited to bring you game-day coverage straight from the City of Angels. Check back here for updates, and visit our socials: @austonianews for the latest.
5 p.m: Kickoff!
It's finally here! Claire will be updating Austonia's Twitter account live. And we'll post her game recap after the game. Best of luck Verdes!
4:40 p.m: Excitement radiates back home
Watch parties are in plenty supply back home. Austonia's Laura Figi visited Circle Brewing Co. and found a crowd of excited supporters.
4:20 p.m: Austin FC supporters are in the stadium
Although the Banc of California Stadium is hosting the match at limited capacity, we see some green in the stands ahead of kickoff. Just moments away from the Austin FC's debut!
~3:20 p.m: Austin FC's team bus enters the stadium grounds
With a warm welcome from Los Verdes, Austin FC players were welcomed into the Banc of California Stadium.
~1 p.m: Los Verdes in LA
(Rigo Rodriguez/Los Verdes)
Austin FC supporters are making their presence known in LA, including the Los Verdes group.
Los Verdes members started having match-day fun around the area this morning with brunch. We'll be joining them about an hour before the game outside the stadium to share some of their excitement. We'll post immediately to Austonia's Instagram.
11:45 a.m: We landed!
View from hotel room where we're staying; the stadium digital sign can be seen in the right corner. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)
Switching over to pacific time, we're here and it's almost like no time went by. It's 9:45 a.m. here.
We've been in contact with Los Verdes, an Austin FC supporter group, who is also here in LA counting down to kickoff.
8:20 a.m: LA bound
Like many of you, we've been looking forward to this moment for, let's just say, a very long time. Today, we woke up bright and early, headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and hopped on a flight to LA.
A gloomy day in Austin with a very quiet airport, we're headed to sunny skies in California.
As we wait for the game to start at 4:30 p.m., check out Claire's preview of the game with a predicted lineup and timeline of the long journey to get here.