Forbes names top female self-made billionaires

Spanx Founder Sara Blakely at the Spanx Fall 2012 Fashion Week Presentation on Feb. 13, 2012 in New York City. Blakely is the youngest woman on Forbes list of female self-made billionaires.

This final note today, which I just think is kind of a cool story.

Forbes magazine is out with its list of female self-made billionaires. It's a pretty small club: Oprah; Meg Whitman, late of eBay, now CEO of Hewlett Packard; and Sara Blakely. She's 41, the youngest woman on the list. Sole owner and proprietor of Spanx -- it makes girdles, basically.

Best part? Got out of college in Florida, thought about law school, instead went to Disney World and tried out to be Goofy.

They wouldn't hire her 'cause she was too short.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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