Lukas Walton

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Lukas Walton
Born1986 (age 35–36)
NationalityAmerican
EducationJourneys School
Alma materColorado College
OccupationHeir
Spouse(s)Samantha Walton
Parent(s)John T. Walton
Christy Walton
RelativesSam Walton (grandfather)
Helen Walton (grandmother)

Lukas Walton (born 1986/1987) is an American billionaire heir. He is the grandson of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.

Early life and career[edit]

Lukas Walton is the only child of John T. Walton (1946–2005) and his wife Christy Walton. He grew up in National City, California, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.[2] His father, John T. Walton, died in a plane crash in 2005. Following his father's death, he moved with his mother to Jackson, Wyoming.[3]

When he was three years old, Walton was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer, and his mother attributed his recovery to a plant-based remedy from her garden.[4]

He has a bachelor's degree in environmentally sustainable business from Colorado College, where he graduated in 2010.[2][5]

He went on to work at True North Venture Partners.[6]

Philanthropy[edit]

Walton works for the Walton Family Foundation. He is the environment program committee chair for the Walton Family Foundation.[3]

Politics[edit]

In 2020, Walton gave $5,600 to the Biden campaign and $142,000 to the Democratic National Committee.[7]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2021, Lukas Walton is ranked 127th in the Forbes annual list of the world's billionaires.[8]

He lives in Jackson, Wyoming[9] and Chicago.[10] As of September 2020, he was listed as the richest person in the state of Illinois.[10]

He is married to Samantha Walton,[11][12][13] who is listed as the co-president with Lukas Walton in the Builders Initiative, which is a Walton family foundation.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloomberg Profile: Lukas Walton". Bloomberg. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b Levitz, Eric (6 November 2015). "Meet the 29-Year-Old Who Was, Until Today, a Secret Megabillionaire". NYmag. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Lukas Walton, the fiercely private heir to the Walmart empire who has donated millions from his fortune to find solutions to environmental problems". Business Insider. 20 February 2020.
  4. ^ Kimball, Ryder. "Meet Lukas Walton, the fiercely private heir to the Walmart empire who has donated millions from his fortune to find solutions to environmental problems". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  5. ^ De Jong, David (6 November 2015). "A Wal-Mart Heir Is $27 Billion Poorer Than Everyone Thought". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Meet the 29-Year-Old Who Was, Until Today, a Secret Megabillionaire". New York Magazine. 6 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Data shows some Walton giving leans to left". Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. 18 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Forbes Billionaires 2021: The Richest People in the World". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  9. ^ "Forbes profile: Lukas Walton". Forbes. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b Strahler, Steven R (11 September 2020). "Turns out the richest Illinoisan is not Ken Griffin". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Find out why philanthropist Lukas Walton is a #Crains40Under40". Crain's Chicago Business. November 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Turns out the richest Illinoisan is not Ken Griffin". Crain's Chicago Business. September 11, 2020.
  13. ^ http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990pf_pdf_archive/133/133441466/133441466_201512_990PF.pdf
  14. ^ http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990pf_pdf_archive/821/821503941/821503941_201812_990PF.pdf