WHITNEY WOLFE HERD
$1.3 billion • Dating app • U.S.
Wolfe Herd, 31, took her woman-centric dating app, Bumble, public in February—becoming the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. The $582 million (revenue) company has 42 million customers in 150 countries. She cofounded dating app Tinder in 2012. That relationship turned sour, and she settled a sexual-harassment lawsuit with Tinder in 2014. Andrey Andreev, the Russian founder of dating site Badoo, offered Wolfe Herd a $10 million investment and Badoo’s infrastructure, and the duo launched Bumble in 2014. In late 2019, Andreev sold his majority stake to investment firm Blackstone, four months after a Forbes investigation revealed a toxic work culture at its London offices. Badoo denied the allegations.