You may have never heard of it – but Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder of dating app Bumble, joined Forbes’ super-rich list.
And while others like our billionaire friend Kim Kardashian are making headlines, there is an argument that the lesser-known Wolfe Herd could serve as an equally powerful role model.
The 31-year-old became the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world when she opened Bumble public in February.
Nasdaq rang his bell with his 18-month-old baby son on his hip. She said she wanted to make the internet “a kinder, more accountable place.”
In an interview with the BBC in 2017, Wolfe Herd said the secret to being an effective general manager is “not to take yourself too seriously.” He also stressed the need to find a work / life balance and dedicate time to the family, even if that means being off in the afternoon.
It was interesting that he was a member of the billionaire club.
Before Bumble, he was on Tinder’s founding team, but left after tension with other executives (dating someone). He started a sexual harassment case shortly after.
Tinder’s parent company, Match Group Inc, denied the allegations, but paid nearly $ 1 million to resolve the dispute.
As a result of the lawsuit, he suffered numerous online harassment and caused him to delete his Twitter account.
Bumble, more precisely, is all about controlling women.
The focus of its app is that only women can start a conversation in heterosexual matches. This is a simple idea, but one that makes a world of difference for those in the dating scene bombarded with spam messages from men.
He founded Bumble with the help of early investor Russian billionaire Andrey Adreev, who also owned a stake in Badoo, which he sold in November 2019.
Ms. Wolfe Herd owns an 11.6% stake in Bumble, which gives her an estimated net worth of $ 1.3 billion. She also heads Badoo she. The two apps have a total of 40 million users and 2.4 million of them pay a subscription.
Ms. Wolf Herd grew up in Utah, and in an interview with Bumble after going public, she spoke to Time Magazine about an abusive relationship she had when she was young and said that it “got her down to zero” and also “gave information on what she understood”. was wrong in gender dynamics.
In the same interview, he seemed determined to leave his past behind: “I don’t have to justify myself anymore,” he said.
“Why am I cleaning someone else’s drama? Women always clean someone else’s mess.”
His desire to speak openly and avoid corporate speech won his fans.
Still, while keen to make a different path from other tech companies, last year Bumble recorded more than 880,000 incidents that violated its guidelines, and like many other platforms, it relies on Artificial Intelligence to screen for hate speech.
His latest campaign is against body shaming and prohibits derogatory remarks about appearance, body shape, and size.
Wolfe Herd is one of 328 women, one of 241 women last year, on Forbes’ 2021 list of world billionaires.
This year, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott is among the three richest women to be strained to the top by Walmart and Alice Walton, whose grandfather earned money through prominent Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, who founded the cosmetics giant. L’Oreal.