Nancy Walton Laurie

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Nancy Walton Laurie
Born Nancy Walton
(1951-05-15) May 15, 1951 (age 63)[1]
Residence Henderson, Nevada[2]
Bel Air, California[3]
Citizenship United States
Education University of Memphis[2]
Known for Walton family fortune
Net worth Increase US$ 4.5 billion (est.)
(March 2015)[4]
Spouse(s) Bill Laurie
Children Elizabeth Paige Laurie
Parent(s) James "Bud" Walton, Audrey Walton

Nancy Walton Laurie (born May 15, 1951) is an American heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune, businesswoman and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Nancy Walton was born on May 15, 1951.[5] She is the younger daughter of Bud Walton, the brother and business partner of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.[3] At Bud's death, she and her sister Ann Walton Kroenke inherited a stake in Wal-Mart now worth over USD$9 billion.


She is the president and founder of a New York City dance company called the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.[6] She is the owner of the Columbia Performing Arts Centre, a dance studio located in Columbia, Missouri.


With her husband, she donated US$25 million to the University of Missouri for the construction of a new sports arena for the Missouri Tigers in 2001.[7][8] They have also endowed the E. Paige Laurie Professorship for the Equine Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.[7] According to The Los Angeles Times, they have also made charitable gifts for "a cancer research center" and "a shelter for abused women" and "a children's hospital."[7]

She is the founder of the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute at the Chi Omega sorority.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She married Bill Laurie, after a courtship that occurred when they both attended the University of Memphis (then known as Memphis State University).[9]

The couple resides primarily in the Las Vegas Valley. In September 2007, she purchased a 17,878-square-foot (1,660.9 m2) residence in the MacDonald Highlands area of Henderson, Nevada for $17.5 million.[10]

The couple owns a second home in Bel Air, California.[3] In January 2015, she filed a lawsuit through her company, LW Partnership, against Mohamed Hadid, a property developer who is building a retaining wall next to the house, alleging Hadid damaged the roots of a eucalyptus tree.[3]