Christy Walton Tops List of Arkansans on Forbes 400

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011 10:20 am  

The Forbes 400 is out, and it includes the usual suspects of Arkansas millionaires.

Nine Arkansans and those with close state ties are on the 2011 list, led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. heiress Christy Walton of Jackson, Wyo., at No. 6.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates continues to top the list of America's richest people with an estimated worth of $59 billion.

Arkansas can lay direct or indirect claim to the following spots on the list, led by six members of the Walton family: Nos. 6, 9, 10, 11, 103, 130, 139, 227 and 312.

Representing Arkansas on the Forbes 400 are:

  • Christy Walton, 56, Jackson, Wyo. Forbes ranking, No. 6. Estimated worth: $24.5 billion. Wife of the late John Walton, son of Wal-Mart co-founder Sam Walton.
  • Jim Walton, 63, Bentonville, Forbes No. 9, $21.1 billion. Son of Sam Walton, chairman and CEO of the Walton family's Arvest Bank.
  • Alice Walton, 61, Fort Worth, Texas, Forbes No. 10, $20.9 billion. Daughter of Sam Walton, opening the acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville in November.
  • S. Robson Walton, 67, Bentonville, Forbes No. 11, $20.5 billion. One of Sam Walton's sons and currently the Wal-Mart chair.
  • Ann Walton Kroenke, 62, Columbia, Mo. Forbes No. 103, $3.3 billion. Daughter of Wal-Mart co-founder Bud Walton, married to Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche owner Stanley Kroenke, who made his fortune independently.
  • Warren Stephens, 54, Little Rock. Forbes No. 130, $2.8 billion. Owner of Little Rock investment firm Stephens Inc., and its interests, and founder of the ultra-exclusive Alotian golf club.
  • Nancy Walton Laurie, 60, Henderson, Nev. Forbes No. 139, $2.7 billion. Another of Bud Walton's daughters and a former owner of the St. Louis Blues with husband Bill.
  • Jerry Jones, 68, Dallas. Forbes No. 227, $1.9 billion. North Little Rock native and member of the University of Arkansas' 1964 national championship football team. Made his money in oil and gas before purchasing the Dallas Cowboys (now valued at $1.85B) in 1989.
  • Johnelle Hunt, 79, Fayetteville. Forbes No. 312. Co-founded trucking company J.B. Hunt with husband Johnnie in 1969. Company now is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.



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