S. Robson Walton
|S. Robson Walton|
Walton in 2011
|Born||Samuel Robson Walton
October 28, 1944 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Education||University of Arkansas
Columbia Law School
|Occupation||Chairman of Walmart
|Known for||Walton family fortune|
|Net worth||$28.7 billion (November 2015)|
|Board member of||Walmart|
|Spouse(s)||Melani Lowman-Walton (div.), 3 children
Carolyn Funk (div.), no children
Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton (born October 28, 1944) is an American businessman and is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. He served as Chairman of Walmart from 1992 to 2015. In October 2012, Walton was listed as the 11th richest person in the world.
Early life and family
Rob Walton is the oldest of four children born to Sam Walton (1918–1992), cofounder of Wal-Mart, and Helen Walton (1919–2007). He has a younger brother, Jim Walton and a younger sister, Alice Walton. Another brother, John Walton, died in 2005.
Walton attended The College of Wooster and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1966 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, where he was also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He received a juris doctor degree in 1969 from the Columbia University School of Law. Walton is also a trustee at The College of Wooster.
After graduation Walton became a member of the law firm that represented Wal-Mart, Conner & Winters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1978 he left Tulsa to join Wal-Mart as a senior vice president, and in 1982 he was appointed vice chairman. He was named chairman of the board of directors on April 7, 1992, two days after his father's death.
By the time he left Tulsa in 1978, Walton had three children, was divorced from his first wife, and was remarried to Carolyn Funk. He and Carolyn filed for divorce in 2000. He married his third wife Melani Lowman-Walton in 2005. 
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