Arkansas Business' 25 Great Whispers (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Oct. 27, 2008
Tears of Gold
When your "Whispers" staff did a double-take at the closing price of Dillard's stock on Thursday afternoon – $3.92 – it made us wonder: With all the stock market turmoil, how much are some of Arkansas' big fish worth now?

The Walton family of Bentonville, which was No. 1 on Arkansas Business ' top stockholders list as of Aug. 15, was worth $89.86 billion as of Thursday, which is 11 percent less than the family fortune was worth two months ago.

The J.B. Hunt family of Lowell, which was No. 2 on the list, is now worth $874.12 million, which is down 35 percent from August.

The Charles Murphy family of El Dorado, No. 3 on the list, is now worth $789.1 million, down 37 percent from August.

The Don Tyson family of Springdale, No. 4, is now worth $745.36 million, which is down 38 percent from August.

The Dillard family's stock in the department store chain, which had seen better days even before August, was worth just over $26 million as of Thursday's market close. And you thoughtyour 401(k) statement was dismal. 

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