The oldest son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton has been chairman of the world's largest retailer since his father's death in 1992. With his two surviving siblings, Walton is a co-managing member of Walton Enterprises, the family's holding company that controls a 47 percent stake in Wal-Mart. Rob Walton personally owns about 339 million shares.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has long faced opposition to its attempts to break into the lending business. So the retailer’s founding family has found another way to get credit to many of its customers -- Progress Financial Corp.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mike Duke and two other board members received less than 90 percent of shareholders’ votes at last week’s annual meeting amid probes of allegations of bribery abroad.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.
In 2003, Luis Amaral bought Eurocash SA, a Warsaw-based grocery business, for 120 million Polish zlotys ($30 million). The operation was losing money. Competitors were taking market share. Its owner, Jeronimo Martins SGPS SA, the Lisbon-based retail operation controlled by billionaire Alexandre Soares Dos Santos, wanted nothing to do with it.