|Primary Company||Wal-Mart Stores||Birthday||7 Oct 1949|
|Estimated Net Worth||At least $35.9 billion||Residences||Millsap, Texas, United States
New York, New York, United States
||Newport, Arkansas, United States
|Alternative Names||Marital Status||Divorced|
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 Ben Franklin stores in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. The first Wal-Mart store was opened in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962, tailoring store design to the small towns where he opened them and emphasizing logistics and efficient delivery. The chain grew exponentially. By 1978, the company had 190 stores and was publicly traded. Sam Walton served as Chairman of Wal-Mart until his death in 1992 and left his fortune to his wife and four children. Eldest son, Samuel Robson Walton, became the Chairman of Wal-Mart while second son, John Walton, became a Director; John passed away in 2005. Youngest son, James Walton, became the Chairman of Arvest Bank Group, a bank owned by the Walton family, and mother, Helen, became a Director. Alice Walton, the only daughter of Sam and Helen Walton earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She joined Wal-Mart where she worked for a short time as a children's clothes buyer. She then joined First Commerce Corporation, a multibank holding company, as a Money Manager and in 1975, moved to E.F. Hutton & Company, where she worked as a Stockbroker until 1979. In 1982, Walton joined Arvest Bank Group as Vice Chairman and head of investment-related activities. In 1988, she founded investment bank, the Llama Company, and served as its Chairman, President and CEO. Walton became a major Shareholder in Wal-Mart Stores after the death of her father in 1992. An avid horsewoman and equestrian, she currently lives in Millsap, Texas where she raises cutting horses at the Rocking W Ranch. Her interest in art led her to help found the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she serves as the Chairman. She has previously served as a Director of Pace Industries and Leggett & Platt. She serves as a Director at the Walton Family Foundation, a non-profit family foundation, and Camp War Eagle, a recreational summer youth camp for children. She and her siblings are the major shareholders of Wal-Mart Stores.
|Institution Name||Qualification Name||Education Type||Start Date||End Date|
|Trinity University||Bachelor's degree||Undergraduate||1971|
|Received an Honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters degree from the University of Arkansas in 2012. During the ceremony, mentioned that she had missed her own graduation ceremony following her senior year at Trinity University to go on a float trip with her family, adding "I was on the Snake River having a grand ol' time."|
|The Walton family currently owns more than 50% of Wal-Mart Stores, both directly, and indirectly, through Walton Enterprises.|
|Walton was inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame in 2001, and named "Arkansan of the Year" by The Arkansan Times in January 2012.|
|The University of Arkansas established the Alice L. Walton Chair in Finance in 1996.|
|The collection of American art in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville spans more than 300 years.|
|Walton's Rocking W Ranch, in Millsap, Texas, is named after one of her champion stallions, the first foal of Walton's favorite horse, Boon San Kitty, the 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year. In September 2015, she listed the 1,432-acre ranch for sale for $19.7 million.|
|Walton is responsible for creating Camp War Eagle, a summer camp in northwest Arkansas that brings together children of different socio-economic backgrounds|
|On the night of her 62nd birthday in 2011, Alice Walton was pulled over for speeding in a construction zone; a sobriety test showed her to be legally intoxicated. She was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) that night and released on bond the following morning. She was previously detained for DUI in 1998.|
|In 1979, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Walton, then a broker at E.F. Hutton & Company, and 11 other Hutton employees, of making "unsuitable" option trades for customers. In a letter she wrote to the SEC that year, she denied that she violated any laws but accepted settlement to "avoid protracted litigation". She was subsequently suspended from the securities business for six months.|
|In November 2014, a labor group chained a food donation bin to the awning of Walton's Park Avenue condominium, saying that Wal-Mart employees want "decent pay" rather than charity. Wal-Mart employees planned to strike later that month, on Black Friday, at 1,600 U.S. stores, demanding full-time, steady employment and a living wage of $15.|
|Purchased her first piece of art at the age of ten. Walton is an avid art buyer, often doing so anonymously. In 2005, she bought a painting called "Kindred Spirits", by American painter Asher Durand, from the New York Public Library, for an estimated $35 million. Among her recent purchases are: Jasper Johns' "Alphabets" for $11 million; a 1985 Andy Warhol silkscreen of Dolly Parton; a 2009 Chuck Close triptych depicting Bill Clinton; and Norman Rockwell's 1943 "Rosie the Riveter", for $4.9 million.|
|In June 2014, Walton purchased a 6,346-square-foot condominium located in New York City. The unit, located on the 30th and 31st floors, has five bedrooms and six bathrooms, a media room, a library and 52 windows offering both city and park views.|
|In 1989, while driving to work, Walton struck and killed Oleta Hardin, a 50-year-old mother of two who stepped into the road in Fayetteville, Arkansas; no charges were ever filed.|
|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.|
|Walton was ranked one among the "Top 200 Art Collectors" by ArtNews from 2012 to 2015.|
|In 2013, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art acquired the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House, originally built along the Millstone River in Somerset, New Jersey in 1954, and arranged to have it relocated and reconstructed on the museum's campus in Bentonville, Arkansas.|
Interests, Passion, Hobbies
|Business - Entrepreneurship||Founded an investment bank, the Llama Company, which operated from 1988 until the late 1990s, and where she served as President, Chairman and CEO.|
|Philanthropy||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.|
|Outdoors - Fishing||Holds an Arkansas fishing license.|
|Outdoors - Hunting||Holds a hunting license issued by the state of Arkansas.|
|Animals - Horses||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.|
|Art||Walton is a significant art collector, with a particular interest in American and contemporary art, and has been listed for several years as among the world's top 200 collectors by ARTnews. She was reportedly introduced to watercolors and painting as a child by her mother Helen, and apparently served as the driving force behind the creation of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.|
|Agriculture - Ranching||Appears to have a passion for ranching; purchased the Rocking W Ranch in the late 1990s and spent time there until listing it for sale in September 2015 for $19.7 million.|
|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.|
|Brother||John Thomas Walton||Second son of Sam and Helen Walton. Vietnam veteran, won the Silver Star. Was known as a private man, but was an outspoken advocate for K-12 education reform and school choice, which he encouraged through the Walton Family Foundation. Died in a plane crash in 2005. Survived by wife Christy and a son.
|Father||Samuel Moore Walton||Graduated from University of Missouri at Columbia in 1940 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Joined retailer J.C. Penney as a Management Trainee. Opened his first store, a Ben Franklin five-and-dime, in 1945, with a $20,000 loan from his father-in-law. Unable to renew the lease on the store, he opened the first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962. Loved hunting. Well known for crediting Wal-Mart's success to the store's associates. Had strong sense of commitment to community. Received the "Presidential Medal of Freedom" from President George H. W. Bush shortly before his death on April 5, 1992.
|Brother||James Carr Walton||68||University of Arkansas alumnus joined Wal-Mart in 1971, serving in the real estate department. In 1975, joined Arvest Bank Group and later became a Director of Walton Enterprises, holding company for the Walton family's assets. Founded Community Publishers, a newspaper publisher in 1982, after buying Bentonville's daily newspaper from his father. Joined the board of Wal-Mart after his brother John's death in 2005. Currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank Group, Chairman of Community Publishers, Director of Wal-Mart and as a Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer of the Walton Family Foundation.
|Sister-in-law||Christy Ruth Walton||61||Widow of Alice Walton's late brother John Walton. Inherited his shareholdings in Wal-Mart Stores, Arvest Bank Group and First Solar. Currently a Board Member Emeritus of the Children's Scholarship Fund and a Trustee Emeritus of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
|Relative||Gregory Boyd Penner||46||General Partner of Madrone Capital Partners; sits on the Board of Wal-Mart Stores. Husband of Carrie Walton Penner and son-in-law of Samuel Robson Walton.
|Niece||Carrie Elizabeth Penner||45||Daughter of brother Samuel Robson Walton. Began her career as a Research Analyst at Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers; later served as an Evaluator at the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. She is an active philanthropist and sits on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the Walton Family Foundation, the KIPP Foundation, Governor Dummer Academy, EdVoice, and California Charter Schools Association, among others.
|Mother||Helen Robson Kemper Walton||Graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Finance. Played a crucial role in Wal-Mart's early strategy of focusing on small towns. Devoted much of her time to philanthropy. Was active in the Presbyterian Church and the first woman to be named Chairman of Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation. Helped establish and operate programs to provide scholarships for children of Wal-Mart employees. Died in April 2007.
|Nephew||Benjamin Sharpe Walton||41||Son of brother Samuel Robson Walton. Graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall before attending Georgetown University. Earned a degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997. Works with the Walton Family Foundation. Also serves as Vice Chairman of Denver Children's Advocacy Center. Enjoys mountain biking and skiing.
|Nephew||Samuel Rawlings Walton||48||Son of brother Samuel Robson Walton. Studied at Prescott College in Arizona. He worked for several years as a river guide in the Grand Canyon, and as a hydrologist. He was the President of Rare Earth Images, a business which appears to have made screen savers. It is unclear if he was ever involved in the family business. He serves as the President of Restoration Works, an environmental advocacy organization. Serves as a Director of the Walton Family Foundation, and as a Trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He previously served on the Council of Advisors at the National Geographic Society.
|Relative||Enos Stanley Kroenke||68||Husband of cousin Ann Walton Kroenke. Chairman of THF Realty, and Owner and Governor of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), which owns and operates live sports, entertainment events and professional sport clubs including Pepsi Center, the Paramount Theatre, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth, and Colorado Rapids. Additional properties under KSE's umbrella include Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network; Altitude Authentics, the company's official retail provider; and Altitude Tickets, the official ticketing provider for KSE teams and venues. He is also Owner and Chairman of the St. Louis Rams; a Director of Arsenal Holdings; and Owner and Chairman of The Kroenke Group, which owns and operates properties located throughout the U.S. and Canada.
|Brother||Samuel Robson Walton||71||Eldest of the Walton siblings started working at Wal-Mart Stores in 1969, where he has held various positions including Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary, General Counsel and Vice Chairman. Has been a Director since 1978 and Chairman from his father's death in 1992 until 2015. A Founding Director of Southern Bancorp. He is a Shareholder of Arvest Bank Group and an Advisor of EFW Partners. Also serves on various non-profit and educational organizations such as Conservation International, College of Wooster, Arizona State University and the Walton Family Foundation.
|Cousin||Ann Walton Kroenke||67||Holds an Associate's degree in Nursing from Lincoln University in Missouri. After the death of her father James Lawrence "Bud" Walton in 1995, Kroenke and her sister Nancy inherited his shares in Wal-Mart Stores. Kroenke married Enos Stanley Kroenke in 1974, who is the Chairman of THF Realty, and Owner and Governor of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), a company that owns and operates live sports, entertainment events and professional sport clubs. Ann Kroenke is a major Shareholder of Wal-Mart Stores, and serves as Vice President of the Audrey J. Walton and Ann Walton Kroenke Charitable Foundation.
|Nephew||Lukas T. Walton||30||Graduated from Teton Science Schools' Journeys School in 2005. Works at True North Venture Partners. Only son of the late John Walton and Christy Walton; had cancer as a child.
|Cousin||Nancy Laurie||65||Earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis; President and Founder of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Owner of the Columbia Performing Arts Center, and Owner of Providence Bank. Married to Bill Laurie, mother of one daughter.
|Sister-in-law||Lynne McNabb Walton||67||Wife of James Carr Walton. Ran a bookstore near the town square which was closed in 2003. Resides with James in Bentonville, Arkansas. The couple have four children.
|Party Affiliation||Bipartisan||Political Profile||Generous political donor is a contributor to both major parties; her lifetime giving exceeds $3 million. Recipients include Douglas R. Forrester, Norm Coleman, Mark Steven Kirk, Kevin W. Yoder, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Blanche L. Lincoln, Progress of America Voter Fund, Restore Our Future, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In December 2013, Walton donated around $25,000 to Arlington, Virginia-based political action committee 'Ready for Hillary' in support of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign.|