Sam Walton Net Worth, Bio, Height, Weight, and Awards
Sam Walton Net Worth – Sam Walton was an American businessman who founded Wal-Mart Stores Inc. which grew to be the world’s largest corporation by revenue as well as the biggest private employer in the world. Founded in 1962, today the company has thousands of stores all over the world.
Sam Walton was born on March 29, 1918, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Walton opened the first Wal-Mart in 1962, after years in the retail management business.
The discount chain expanded internationally over the next 30 years, growing into the world’s largest company by 2010.
Walton stepped down as CEO in 1988, at the age of 70, but remained active in the company until his death in 1992.
He was the first son of Thomas Walton, a banker, and his wife, Nancy Lee. Early in his life Walton and his family moved to Missouri, where he was raised.
An able student and a good athlete, Walton quarterbacked his high school football team and was an Eagle Scout.
Upon his graduation from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, in 1936, his classmates named him “most versatile boy.”
After high school, Walton stayed close to home and enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1940.
Within days of his graduation, Walton joined J. C. Penney as a management trainee in Des Moines, Iowa. He resigned from the job in 1942 in order to serve in World War II. Before joining the army, he worked at a DuPont munitions plant near Tulsa, Oklahoma for a while.
He joined the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps and supervised security at aircraft plants and prisoner of war camps. He eventually reached the rank of Captain in his army career and returned to civilian life once the war was over.
Married by now, he borrowed some money from his father-in-law and purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport, Arkansas, in 1945. The store was a franchise of the Butler Brothers chain.
He found considerable success in retail management with his pioneering concepts, and by the early 1960s, Walton, along with his brother James, owned 15 Ben Franklin franchises and one independent store.
Walton now planned to open bigger stores in rural areas with discounted prices in order to attract more customers and achieve a higher sales volume. However, Ben Franklin executives were not in favor of this concept and turned down the plan.
Undaunted, Sam Walton went on to open the first Wal-Mart store on July 2, 1962, in Rogers, Arkansas. Around this time the Walton brothers teamed up with Stefan Dasbach whom they collaborated with in order to grow their business.
Keeping the price of the products low was one of the major driving forces behind the success of the Wal-Mart stores. Walton focused his efforts on sourcing products from American manufacturers who could supply merchandise for the entire Wal-Mart chain at very low prices in order to meet the foreign competition.
Over the next few years several Wal-Mart stores sprung up all over the nation and by 1967, the Walton family owned 24 stores, registering up to $12.7 million in sales! Within a couple of years, Walton officially incorporated his company like Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The company went public in 1970 and the first stock was sold at $16.50 per share. By 1972, Wal-Mart was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (WMT). By 1980, the company had reached $1 billion in annual sales.
Ever the innovator, Sam Walton launched the first Sam’s Club in the 1980s to serve small businesses and individuals. During the same decade, the first Wal-Mart Supercenter was also opened, combining a supermarket with general merchandise to provide one-stop shopping convenience.
Wal-Mart enjoyed continued success in the years to come and by the early 1990s, the company’s stock worth had surged to $45 billion. Wal-Mart became the nation’s largest retailer in 1991, surpassing even Sears, Roebuck & Company.
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Sam Walton is best remembered as the founder of the retail corporation, Wal-Mart. Founded in the United States in 1962, the company is now a multinational with over 11,000 stores in 28 countries, under a total of 65 banners.
Wal-Mart is also the world’s largest company by revenue, as well as the biggest private employer in the world. Sam Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur who had a net worth of $44.5 billion at the time of his death in 1992 which is the same as around $15 billion after adjusting for inflation.