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The Richest Woman In America 2012

Christy Walton & family Net worth:$25.3 billion - As of March 2012 Source: Wal-Mart, inherit and growing Age:56 , Citizenship: United States She inherited her wealth from her late husband,Jo

1 Christy Walton & family

Source: Wal-Mart, inherit and growing

Age:56 , Citizenship: United States

She inherited her wealth from her late husband,John Walton who died in an airplane accident near his home in Wyoming 2005. Repeating her 2010 title as world's richest woman, she got an extra bump in her fortune because of her late husband's early investment in First Solar; shares up nearly 500% since 2006 initial public offering. But bulk still comes from her holdings in Wal-Mart, the retailer founded by her father-in-law Sam Walton and his brother James in 1962. Today Wal-Mart has sales of $405 billion, and employs more than 2.1 million people.

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