Father, Samuel Moore (Sam) Walton, grew up in Columbia, Missouri; in 1940, he joined J.C. Penney as a Management Trainee. Two years later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, resigning as a Captain in 1945. He married Helen Robson in 1943. After his discharge, Sam Walton borrowed $20,000 from his father-in-law and purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport, Arkansas. After a dispute with his landlord, he relocated the store to Bentonville, Arkansas in 1950 and subsequently opened several ...Contact us to see more Biography
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- Trinity University
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- Bachelor's degree
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Walton's lifelong interest in art appears to have begun by age ten, when she acquired her first piece, a reproduction of Picasso's 'Blue Nude' purchased from her father's five-and-dime store.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Outdoors - Hunting
Description: Holds a hunting license issued by the state of Arkansas.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Animals - Horses
Description: An equestrian and horse lover, Walton has lived since the late 1990s in Millsap, Texas where she raises cutting horses on the 1,432-acre Rocking W Ranch. The ranch, near Fort Worth, was listed for sale in September 2015.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Philanthropy
Description: Serves as a Director at the Walton Family Foundation, which donated more than $310 million in 2013 to various causes supporting primarily education, freshwater and marine conservation, and quality-of-life initiatives in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Giving Profile: Generous philanthropist channels donations through the Walton Family Foundation, where Walton is a Director. Reportedly, has been an active Member on the Board of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Led the family foundation's efforts to create the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, to which the foundation donated more than $145 million in 2013. The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation donated $300 million to the University of Arkansas in 2002. The Walton Family Foundation also donated $159 million to K-12 education reforms and $71.4 million to environmental initiatives in 2011. In 2012, the foundation donated more than $432 million to various causes including education, freshwater and marine conservation, and quality-of-life initiatives in Arkansas and Mississippi. From 2007 to 2012, Walton and her siblings have given about $2 billion to the Walton Family Foundation. In December 2015, Walton donated around 3.7 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores worth about $225 million to the Walton Family Holdings Trust, a trust formed in 2015 to fund the Walton family's philanthropy.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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