Did you know that Christy Walton is the richest woman in the world?
As of March 2011, she had an estimated net worth of $26.5 billion, the bulk of which comes from her shares in Wal-Mart, but also from First Solar, in which her late husband invested.
Christy Ruth Walton (born 1955) is the widow of John T. Walton, who was a son of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart.
After John’s death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of $15.7 billion.
As of 2011, she is the 4th richest person in the United States according to Forbes Magazine and the 10th richest person in the world.
Facesofphilanthropy.com references Condé Nast Portfolio magazine as ranking her the highest female philanthropist, according to the amount she gives as a percentage of her wealth.
Between 2002 and 2006, she contributed billions from her then $16.3 billion net worth towards philanthropic efforts.