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S. Robson Walton

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S. Robson Walton
Walton in 2017
BornOctober 28, 1944 (age 77)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Arkansas
Columbia Law School
OccupationBusinessman
Known forWalton family fortune
TitleFormer chairman of Walmart(1992–2015)
Board member ofWalmart
Spouse(s)first wife
Carolyn Funk
Melani Lowman ​(m. 2005)​
Children3, including Carrie Walton Penner[1]
Parent(s)Sam Walton (father)Helen Walton (mother)
RelativesJohn Walton (brother)Jim Walton (brother)Alice Walton (sister)

Samuel Robson “Rob” Walton (born October 28, 1944) is an American billionaire heir to the fortune of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer. He is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton, and was chairman of Walmart from 1992 to 2015. As of March 2022, Walton had an estimated net worth of US$62.0 billion, making him the 18th richest person in the world.[2]

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Early life and family[edit]

Walton in 2011

Rob Walton was born on October 28, 1944, in Tulsa, Oklahoma,[3][4][5] the oldest of four children of Sam Walton (1918–1992), cofounder of Walmart, and Helen Walton (1919–2007). He has a younger brother, Jim Walton, and a younger sister, Alice Walton. Another brother, John Walton, died in 2005.[6][7][8]

Walton attended The College of Wooster and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1966 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He received his juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1969. Walton is also a trustee at The College of Wooster.[1][8]

After graduation, Walton became a member of the law firm that represented Walmart, Conner & Winters in TulsaOklahoma.[1] In 1978, he left Tulsa to join Walmart as a senior vice president,[1] and in 1982, he was appointed vice chairman.[9] He was named chairman of the board of directors on April 7, 1992, two days after his father’s death.[10]

Along with his siblings, he has pledged about $2 billion to the Walton Family Foundation from 2008 to 2013.[7]

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