Name: Thai Lee
Role: President, CEO and co-founder, SHI International
When this Thai-born Korean America co-founded SHI in 1989, it was a $1m software reseller.
Today, it is the US' largest Minority/Woman Owned Business Enterprise with 2020 revenues passing $11bn for the first time.
Lee herself was recently pegged by Forbes as the US' eighth richest self-made woman, with an estimated fortune of $3.2bn.
She moved to the US from Korea as a teenager, and started up SHI in 1989 with her then husband when the duo bought the software licensing arm of a struggling New Jersey software company for "less than $1m".
Although we could not reach Lee for this article, you can read more about her story in this Forbes article.
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