by Mark Carter
Posted 9/17/2013 09:38 am
Updated 6 months ago
The 2013 Forbes 400 list of the country's richest people includes 10 with close Arkansas ties.
The list once again is led by Microsoft's Bill Gates. Forbes estimates his net worth at $72 billion. Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton leads the list of Arkansans and those with close ties to the state:
- Forbes No. 6 -- Christy Walton, 58, Jackson, Wyo., estimated worth $35.4 billion. Walton is the wife of the late John Walton, son of Wal-Mart co-founder Sam Walton.
- Forbes No. 7 -- Jim Walton, 65, Bentonville, estimated worth $33.8 billion. The son of Sam Walton, Walton is the chairman and CEO of the Walton family's Arvest Bank.
- Forbes No. 8 -- Alice Walton, 63, Fort Worth, Texas, estimated worth $33.5 billion. Daughter of Sam Walton and founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
- Forbes No. 9 -- S. Robson Walton, 69, Bentonville, estimated worth $33.3 billion. Son of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart chair.
- Forbes No. 95 -- Ann Walton Kroenke, 64, Columbia, Mo., estimated worth $4.7 billion. Kroenke is the daughter of Wal-Mart co-founder Bud Walton and is married to Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche owner Stanley Kroenke, who made his fortune independently.
- Forbes No. 110 -- Nancy Walton Laurie, 62, Henderson, Nev., estimated worth $4 billion. Daughter of Bud Walton and, with husband Bill, a former owner of the St. Louis Blues hockey team.
- Forbes No. 166 -- Jerry Jones, 70, Dallas, Texas, estimated worth $3 billion. Born Los Angeles and raised in North Little Rock, Jones is a member of the 1964 University of Arkansas national championship football team. He made his money in oil and gas before purchasing the Dallas Cowboys, now worth an estimated $2.3 billion, in 1989.
- Forbes No. 222 -- Warren Stephens, 56, Little Rock, estimated worth $2.5 billion. Stephens owns Little Rock investment firm Stephens Inc., and its interests, and founded the ultra-exclusive and critically acclaimed The Alotian golf club on Highway 10 just west of Little Rock.
- Forbes No. 243 -- Frederick Smith, 69, Memphis, estimated worth $2.3 billion. In 1971, Smith turned Ark Aviation Sales of Little Rock into FedEx and moved his operation to Memphis.
- Forbes No. 260 -- Johnelle Hunt, 81, Fayetteville, estimated worth $2.1 billion. With her late husband Johnnie, Hunt founded Lowell's J.B. Hunt trucking company and grew it into one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.