Rob Walton

Rob Walton

Ex-Chairman of Walmart

Personal Stats

NameRob Walton
Net Worth$84.4 BIllion

About Rob Walton

Rob Walton joined Walmart in 1969. He served as the chairman of the board of directors from 1992, following his father's death, until 2015. During his tenure, he oversaw significant growth and expansion, solidifying Walmart's position as a global retail giant. Walton is also a philanthropist, actively involved in various charitable initiatives through the Walton Family Foundation, which focuses on education, environmental conservation, and community development. His leadership and contributions have played a crucial role in shaping the legacy of the Walton family and the continued success of Walmart.

Businesses Owned

  • Walmart Inc.
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Arvest Bank
  • Walton Enterprises LLC

Early Life

Rob Walton developed his business acumen very early on, learning from his father.

  • Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton was born on October 28, 1944, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
  • Attended The College of Wooster in Ohio.
  • Transferred to the University of Arkansas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1966.
  • Obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1969.
  • Grew up in a family deeply involved in retail; his father, Sam Walton, founded Walmart in 1962.
  • Practiced law at the law firm that represented Walmart.
  • Joined Walmart in 1969, initially focusing on legal affairs and gradually taking on more responsibilities within the company.


Rob is very dedicated to his family; he picked up the Walmart right where his father left it.

  • Rob Walton has been married three times. His current spouse is Melani Lowman-Walton, whom he married in 2005.
  • He has three children from his first marriage to Patricia Rawlings Walton: Carrie Walton Penner, Ben Walton, and Sam Walton.
  • Son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, and Helen Walton.
  • He has three siblings: John T. Walton, Jim Walton, and Alice Walton.
  • Primarily resides in Bentonville, Arkansas, home to Walmart’s headquarters. Owns multiple properties.
  • Actively involved in the Walton Family Foundation, which supports initiatives in education, environmental conservation, and community development.
  • Despite being part of one of the wealthiest families in the world, Rob Walton maintains a relatively low profile, focusing on philanthropy and family business interests.

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