Sara Blakely: ‘Shark Tank’ Season 9 Guest Shark Gives Half Her Wealth To Charity And Other Fun Facts

'Shark Tank' guest Sara Blakely

If you’ve ever worn Spanx, you have Sara Blakely to thank. The foot-less pantyhose — created so women could look better in pants — were the brainchild of the Florida-born entrepreneur. The company was started with $ 5,000 she’d saved, according to her official bio, from selling fax machines door-to-door — never poo-poo the power of on-the-ground sales — and is now a billion-dollar company. Blakely is one of the five new guest sharks who will be on the Shark Tank panel this season.

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