2. Alice Walton
Besides Christy, the Walton family also takes up the 9th, 10th and 11th place on the Forbes list. Mrs. Alice Walton, another heiress of the Wal-Mart fortune, is the proud 10th richest person in the world.
Her net worth of $39.7 billion has given her the chance to focus on curating art, and open her Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2011. This museum features works of Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as some pieces from her personal collection (valued in hundreds of millions of dollars). Christy Walton’s sister-in-law has also been spending her wealth on politics – supporting the Republican Party, and, lately, the presidential bid by Hillary Clinton.
Alice Walton has been involved in three serious automobile accidents. In 1983, she shattered her leg during a family reunion in Mexico, resulting in two dozen surgeries to ease the lingering pain she had felt. Later, in 1989, she struck and killed a 50-year-old woman, but no charges were ever filed. She was also caught driving under the influence multiple times, but, again, official charges were dropped.
She was twice married, but divorced both men.