John T. Walton

John Thomas Walton ( born October 8, 1946 in Newport, Arkansas; † 27 June 2005 in Jackson, Wyoming) was an American entrepreneur and billionaire.

He was the second son and heir of the founder of the world's biggest supermarket chain Wal- Mart, Sam Walton and Helen Robson Walton. He had two brothers, Samuel Robson Walton (1944 ) and James Carr Walton ( born 1948 ), and a sister, Alice L. Walton ( b. 1949 ). He married Christy Walton, with whom he had a son, Luke. She inherited the bulk of his fortune. Walton attended the College of Wooster.

Since 1992 he was a board member of the company. He was also chairman of venture capital firm True North Partners. In addition, he was involved in the company's foundation " Walton Family Foundation", which supports the education of children from poorer backgrounds and scholarship programs and donated for several million dollars.

The 58- year-old was one of the richest men in the United States. Forbes magazine put it in 2009 in the list of richest people in the world at number 12 with an estimated fortune of 17.6 billion U.S. dollars.

Walton was awarded during the Vietnam War in the elite " Green Berets " and was awarded the Silver Star. Later he worked as a boat builder and brought as an agricultural aviator pesticides from the aircraft.

The crash of his home-built single-seat ultralight aircraft in Jackson, Wyoming came Walton on 27 June 2005 killed, even though he was an experienced pilot. The cause of the crash is still unclear.


  • Man
  • Americans
  • Entrepreneurs ( trade )
  • Entrepreneurs (United States)
  • Carrier of the Silver Star
  • Born in 1946
  • Died in 2005