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ginger_fish668
Jun 28th, 2005, 04:09 AM
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - John Walton, the billionaire son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and a member of the company's board, died Monday in a plane crash in Wyoming.

Walton, 58, of Jackson, Wyo., was piloting an ultralight that crashed shortly after takeoff from the Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park, the company said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause of the afternoon crash was not known, officials said.

The plane was an experimental ultralight aircraft with a small, gasoline-powered engine and wings wrapped in fabric similar to heavy-duty sail cloth, officials said.

In March, Forbes Magazine listed John Walton as No. 11 on its list of the world's richest people with a net worth of $18.2 billion. He was tied with his brother Jim, one spot behind his bother Rob, and just ahead of his sister Alice and his mother Helen.

Walton joined the board of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 1992, but did not work for the company.

"We're sad that John Walton, who was well-known and much-loved in this valley, died doing something that he loved to do, which was fly aircraft," said Joan Anzelmo, a spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park.

"I saw parts of it," she said of the plane. "I didn't realize what I was seeing at first. It was so lightweight it looked like a giant model airplane."

Anzelmo said officials notified the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

"Because this is a homemade, non-registered, experimental aircraft, at least today they told us there was not going to be an investigation," she said. Grand Teton rangers will conduct their own probe, as is done with any major accident in the park, she said.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams said the company notified its employees worldwide of Walton's death.

Walton was an Army veteran who served with the Green Berets as a medic during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Silver Star for saving the lives of several members of his unit while under enemy fire, according to the company. He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and served as a board member of the Walton Family Foundation.

The company said Walton pursued a variety of business interests including working as a crop duster in the 1970s and building boats in the 1980s. More recently, he had formed a holding company, True North, to oversee various business interests.

Walton is survived by his wife, Christy, and son, Luke; his mother, Helen; two brothers, Rob and Jim; and a sister, Alice.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

selking
Jun 28th, 2005, 04:15 AM
wow thats horrible

Rtael
Jun 28th, 2005, 04:17 AM
:sad:

VeeDaQueen
Jun 28th, 2005, 04:19 AM
Luke is now the King of America (Wal-Mart RULES America)

Rocketta
Jun 28th, 2005, 06:17 AM
wow, sad. I'll never understand why people want to fly those type of tiny airplanes???

Helen Lawson
Jun 28th, 2005, 01:37 PM
I know Sally had her eye on him, so I know she'll be devastated.

ginger_fish668
Jun 28th, 2005, 03:23 PM
wow, sad. I'll never understand why people want to fly those type of tiny airplanes???


Me neither. I'd be so freaked if I had to get on one of those planes. Anyways, what a pity....so rich, healthy and had a family. :sad:

Joan Rivers
Jun 28th, 2005, 03:24 PM
I know Sally had her eye on him, so I know she'll be devastated.
I'm sending Sal a complimentary QVC gift basket as we speak. I'm trying to think who she can go for next. Who's the heir to Macy's these days?

azza
Jun 28th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Ahh those home made Planes Prolly 2-stroke motor sputtered out and he stalled it in :o

Sally Struthers
Jun 28th, 2005, 05:10 PM
I know Sally had her eye on him, so I know she'll be devastated.

He was married so he was on my second tier of billionaire-future-husbands

:sad:

Helen Lawson
Jun 28th, 2005, 09:14 PM
Sally, I heard since J. Howard Marshall's son won the case with Anna Nicole, he's your new target.

Just remember, the old coot dad live to be like 90, so if he's like only 60 or something, this won't be any walk in the park.

Joan Rivers
Jun 28th, 2005, 09:49 PM
Sally, I heard since J. Howard Marshall's son won the case with Anna Nicole, he's your new target.

Just remember, the old coot dad live to be like 90, so if he's like only 60 or something, this won't be any walk in the park.
Go for it Sal. I almost got my claws in J Howard before Anna Nicole. In 1992 he was a guest on my show and I don't want to get too graphic but I did some demeaning things for that man (which I only recently ended therapy for). Then Anna walks in with each tit bigger than his head and I'm history. She was in his building lobby just as we were leaving to go to the Hamptons. There was a sign in the lobby saying "Caution : Wet Floor". So she did. J Howard thought it was adorable and two weeks later they are married and I am in Betty Ford after another suicide attempt. Be warned Sal - those Howards are a perverted bunch!

Scotso
Jun 28th, 2005, 10:18 PM
I guess all that money doesn't do him any good now.

Scotso
Jun 28th, 2005, 10:18 PM
It just goes to show that when you can afford it, buy your own private 747.

azza
Jun 28th, 2005, 10:20 PM
It just goes to show that when you can afford it, buy your own private 747.

First he has to Buy a Learjet.

Helen Lawson
Jun 29th, 2005, 01:00 PM
Go for it Sal. I almost got my claws in J Howard before Anna Nicole. In 1992 he was a guest on my show and I don't want to get too graphic but I did some demeaning things for that man (which I only recently ended therapy for). Then Anna walks in with each tit bigger than his head and I'm history. She was in his building lobby just as we were leaving to go to the Hamptons. There was a sign in the lobby saying "Caution : Wet Floor". So she did. J Howard thought it was adorable and two weeks later they are married and I am in Betty Ford after another suicide attempt. Be warned Sal - those Howards are a perverted bunch!

Scandalous! Did you consider getting boobs the size of bowling balls to get him back? I mean, I know you're not scared to test the limits of plastic surgery, hon.

It reminds me of the time, I was doing Howard Hughes, and it was very hush, hush, and what do you know, I catch him in bed with that tramp Jane Russell! I don't want to talk about it, but all I can say is, she ended up in the Outlaw, and I played another drunk for Walter Wanger.

Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 29th, 2005, 01:29 PM
People Die every day and I am supposed to be concerned over this stupid billion dollar asshole?

Please.