Alice Louise Walton is the youngest child of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. She owns almost 343 million shares in the world's largest retailer, mostly through the family's holding company Walton Enterprises. She also owns a large collection of American art, which is displayed in her museum, Crystal Bridges, located in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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Last week, in a column about the new billion-dollar Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, I mentioned an economist’s estimate that the heirs of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal- Mart Stores Inc., are collectively worth about the same as the bottom 30 percent of all Americans. Alice Walton, who founded the museum, is herself worth about $21 billion.
John Hancock, the estranged son of Australia’s wealthiest citizen, the iron ore billionaire Gina Rinehart, recently flew to the U.S. to join 400 guests at a four-day wedding celebration in Bar Harbor, Maine.
The brand-new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the small northwest Arkansas city of Bentonville is the creation of Alice Walton, the daughter of the late Sam Walton, who founded Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest retailer in the world.