Sorry, Kylie Jenner, Bumble’s founder is the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world: why did Whitney Wolfe Herd quit Tinder and what did she have to do with Priyanka Chopra?

Whitney Wolfe Herd, the CEO of Bumble. Photo: @whitney/ Instagram
Step aside, Kylie Jenner. There’s a new girlboss in town who will surely inspire the go-getter career women and aspiring entrepreneurs out there. Meet Whitney Wolfe Herd, the 31-year-old founder and CEO of buzz-worthy dating app Bumble. 
After taking Bumble Inc. public this year, Wolfe Herd was declared “the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire” by Forbes. She currently has a net worth of around US$1.5 billion (far more than Jenner’s crown at the time Forbes  chose to awkwardly reclaim it).

But we did a little digging and discovered that this accomplished woman happens to be way more than her latest headline-making title.

She used to work at Tinder


In the sizzling world of dating apps, Bumble and Tinder are known to be rivals – yet these popular online platforms apparently have even more in common than what people may think. Wolfe Herd was a co-founder and vice-president of marketing at Tinder before founding Bumble in 2014. Unfortunately, she left the former after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company, confidentially settling the case.

She had a unique vision for Bumble


Bumble has successfully been established as a networking and dating app for everyone, but its CEO initially had another idea in mind: a women-only social platform for teenagers. Although this idea didn’t come to fruition, the app continues to empower women by giving them control to make the first move.

She got Priyanka Chopra to help bring Bumble to India

A fateful dinner party brought Wolfe Herd and Priyanka Chopra together. While seated next to each other, these two successful ladies agreed to take Bumble to India. The actress came on board as a partner and investor. At present, the South Asian nation is one of the over 150 countries that Bumble operates in.

She has a degree in international studies

Whitney Wolfe Herd. Photo: @modernwoman_int/Twitter

Speaking of Bumble’s global reach, Wolfe Herd is no stranger to having a wide sense of cultural understanding: she majored in international studies at Dallas’ Southern Methodist University. As a 20-year-old college student, Wolfe Herd already had practice being a businesswoman, too. She sold bamboo tote bags not only to make some dough, but also to help victims of the BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

She met her husband on a ski trip


Luckily for this CEO, she did not have to use her own dating app to meet her better half. Wolfe and oil heir Michael Herd crossed paths while on a ski trip in Aspen, Colorado, in 2013. They tied the knot four years later and welcomed their first child in 2019. 

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  • Forget Kylie Jenner’s disputed claim, Forbes crowned the Bumble CEO the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire after she took her Tinder rival public
  • Wolfe Herd was already an entrepreneur even as a university student, when she raised funds to help victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill crisis