40. Ken­dra Scott

$500 Mil­lion Age: 44 Res­i­dence: austin, texas

Forbes - - RICHES SELF-MADE WOMEN -

Scott started craft­ing her sig­na­ture gem­stone ear­rings out of a spare bed­room in 2002. Six­teen years later, her epony­mous com­pany has 79 stores where women can cus­tom­ize their own pieces, choos­ing met­als and gem­stones. Fol­low­ing a 2016 cash in­fu­sion from pri­vate eq­uity firm Berk­shire Part­ners, Scott has ex­panded into home decor, mak­ing can­dles, boxes and trays.

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