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#267 Christy Walton $5.97B

Random fact: Husband, John, died in a 2005 airplane crash.


Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, the second son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. After John's death in 2005, she and her son Lukas became beneficiaries of her husband's fortune, giving her ownership of about 2 percent of the world's biggest retailer that had revenue of $486 billion in the year to January 2017.

As of July 23, 2017:
Last change +$6.28M (+0.1%)
YTD change +$181M (+3.1%)
Industry Retail
Biggest asset WMT US Equity
Citizenship United States
Age 68
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Christy Walton was the beneficiary of about 70 million shares of Wal-Mart, or about 2 percent of the company. The shares are controlled through the Walton Family Holdings Trust as well as Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walton Enterprises, the family's closely held holding company. The shares were inherited from the estate of her late husband, John T. Walton, who died in 2005, leaving the fortune to his wife, their only child and charitable trusts.

Walton's shareholding is calculated based on the company's 2017 proxy, Form 4 SEC filings and the ownership split between mother and son is based on Walton's will documents that were unsealed by a Wyoming court and obtained by Bloomberg in November 2015.

She has a 4 percent interest in Walton-owned Arvest Bank, Arkansas's largest commercial bank, that is also controlled by the estate, according to a December 2010 filing to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Closely held Arvest has a book value of about $1.6 billion, according to a Dec. 31, 2014 filing with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and is valued using the average price-to-book value multiple of four publicly traded peer companies: First Midwest Bancorp, MB Financial, PrivateBancorp and UMB Financial.

Since the death of Sam Walton in 1992, John T. Walton and his estate have collected more than $7 billion in dividends and sales of Wal-Mart and First Solar stock, and she is credited with more than $1.8 billion of that. The net value of those investments is based on an analysis of her dividend income, insider transactions, taxes, market performance and philanthropy.

Kiki McLean, a spokeswoman for the Walton family, declined to comment on the net worth calculation.


Birthdate: 2/1949
Family: Widowed, 1 child

Christy Walton was born in February 1949. She is the widow of the late John T. Walton, the second son born to Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. A Green Beret veteran who was awarded the Silver Star after serving in the Vietnam War, Walton died in 2005 when he crashed his experimental ultralight aircraft in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Before his death they purchased a Victorian house in National Park, California, which she gave to charity in 2006. She also listed their Wyoming home for $12.5 million seven years later. The couple had one son, Lukas, who fought cancer as a child and attended Colorado College and inherited about a third of his father's estate, according to Walton's will documents that were unsealed by a Wyoming court and obtained by Bloomberg in November 2015.

Christy received an award for her role as producer of the film "Bless Me, Ultima" from the Imagen Foundation.

  • 1985 John and Christy Walton purchase house in National Park, California.
  • 1987 Son, Lukas, is born.
  • 2005 John Walton dies in an airplane crash in Jackson Hole.
  • 2006 Donates Victorian house in National Park, California to charity.
  • 2008 Lukas diagonsed with cancer as a child. Mother attributes survival to diet.
  • 2010 Lukas Walton graduates from Colorado College.
  • 2013 Lists 2.5-acre estate in Wyoming for $12.5 million.
  • 2015 Wyoming judge unseals court filings pertaining to husband's estate.