Founder of the largest retail chain, Wal-Mart, Sam Walton was an extremely creative and talented businessman. Find out more about his life in his brief biography given below.
Famous as: Businessman
Born on: 29 March 1918 AD Famous 29th March Birthdays
Zodiac Sign: Aries Famous Arians
Born in: Kingfisher
Died on: 05 April 1992 AD
place of death: Little Rock
father: Thomas Gibson Walton
mother: Nancy Lee
Spouse: Helen Walton (1943 Ė his death)
children: S. Robson Walton, Alice Walton, John T. Walton, Jim C. Walton
education: University of Missouri-Columbia (1940), Hickman High School (1936)
Founder/Co-Founder: Wal-Marts, Samís Clubs
Works & Achievements: Wal-Mart stores in United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico., Sam's club, received Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George H. W. Bush.
awards: - Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton was among the most versatile and brilliant businessmen of the world. He was the founder of one of the world's biggest general retail chain stores, Wal-Mart and Sam's club with his brother Bud Walton. Walton transformed the way people did retail shopping in United States. He also brought in great changes in the tactics of business. He dived into the retail business in 1945 and by the year the first Wal-Mart was opened in 1962, he was the proud owner of a chain of 15 variety stores in Arkansas. In the year 1990, Wal-Mart became the nation's top retailer in terms of sales. During his lifetime, with tremendous success, Walton was listed in the world's richest people and left an amazing wealth for his family when he died. Even post his death in 1992, the company continued to expand with the introduction of online commerce and stores all around the world. By 2001, there were over 4,500 Wal-Mart stores worldwide.
In 1992, Walton was bestowed upon with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the then President George H. W. Bush. Same year, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame.
At the University of Arkansas, the Business College (Sam M. Walton College of Business) has been named in his honor.
Post his death, in 1998, Walton’s name was included in Time's list of 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.
Wal-Mart stores operate in developed nations like the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada. It also operates in poorer, developing nations and commonwealths like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico.
SAM WALTON TIMELINE
Sam Walton was born.
Moved to Chesterfield, Missouri
Graduated in economics and became management trainee at JC Penny.
Left the job.
Entered the military in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps.
Sam Walton married Helen Robson.
His first child, son Samuel Robson was born.
Left the army and took a franchise of Ben Franklin variety store.
Son John Walton was born.
Third Son James Carr was born.
Daughter Alice Louise was born.
First Wal-Mart got opened.
Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the then President George H. W. Bush; Inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame; Sam Walton died.
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