The Walton Family is by far the richest family in the world (the dispersed fortunes of the Rockefellers and others being unknown to the public), their wealth inherited from Bud and Sam Walton, founders of the world’s biggest retailer,Wal-Mart.The Waltons have a combined wealth of US$93 billion according to Forbes 2011 billionaires list.
The company has more than 8,970 (2010) stores, is also the world's largest private employer with 2,100,000 employees, and is the world's largest company based on revenue with more than $421.849 billion (2010) in annual sales.
6 Christy Walton
Wife of late John Walton son of Sam Walton,she inherited her wealth after the former Green Beret and Vietnam war medic died in an airplane accident near his home in Wyoming 2005. World's richest woman for the second time, 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.
5 Jim Walton
Source: Walmart, inherited
Son of Sam Walton founder of Bentonville store n0w Wal-Mart,Jim runs family's Arvest bank. While his Wal-Mart's shares are up just 5% over the past year.
4 Alice Walton
The Wal-Mart heiress and daughter of Sam Walton,her Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art set to open in Bentonville this November. While Wal-Mart's shares are up just 5% over the past year,
3 S. Robson Walton
Eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton,Robson has served as chairman of the family's Wal-Mart since 1992. While the company's shares are up just 5% over the past year
2 Ann Walton Kroenke
Net Worth: $3.3 billion - As of September 2011
Ann Walton Kroenke inherited a chunk of Wal-Mart stock after father James "Bud" Walton died in 1995. Ann is married to E. Stanley Kroenke, owner of pro basketball's Denver Nuggets, hockey's Colorado Avalanche, plus stakes in football's St. Louis Rams and English soccer titan Arsenal.
1 Nancy Walton Laurie
Net Worth: $2.7 billion - As of September 2011
Wal-Mart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie received a large amount of the retailer's stock after her father, James (Bud) Walton, died in 1995. (Bud cofounded Wal-Mart with his brother Sam.) Those shares are worth $2.3 billion.
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