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Her name is Christy Walton, she is American and she is, according to Forbes Magazine, the wealthiest woman in the World in 2014, with a net worth of 36.7 billion dollars.

Her family is also the wealthier in the worth more than $150 billion. She inherited her wealth when husband John Walton, a former Green Beret and Vietnam war medic, died in an airplane crash in 2005.



She’s the wealthiest of the Waltons thanks to a side investment by John that turned into a major score: the solar energy company First Solar. Her nearly 27% stake is worth some $1.8 billion. The bulk of her holdings are in Wal-Mart, the massive retailer founded by her father-in-law Sam Walton and his brother James in 1962.

She will receive $470 million in Wal-Mart dividends after taxes in 2014. Walton leads a very private life in Jackson, Wyoming, but last year had a rare bit of publicity when she was given an award by the Imagen Foundation for producing the film “Bless Me, Ultima” based on the book by Rudolfo Anaya, who is considered the father of Chicano literature. Her son battled cancer when he was just three years old and she fought a case of pneumonia that nearly killed her, according to the Imagen Foundation.

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Source: Forbes Magazine