She is an heir to the Walmart fortune, as the daughter of James “Bud” Walton, the cofounder of the retail giant along with his brother Sam Walton.
Who is Nancy Walton Laurie?
Nancy Walton Laurie was born on May 15, 1951, in Versailles, Missouri. She grew up in a small town where she met her future husband Bill Laurie, who played basketball at the University of Memphis (then known as Memphis State University). They married in 1974 and had a daughter, Elizabeth Paige Laurie, in 1982.
Nancy inherited her stake in Walmart when her father died in 1995. She owns less than 5% of the company's shares, but that still amounts to over $9 billion.
She and her husband have been involved in various philanthropic and business ventures, such as donating $25 million to the University of Missouri for a sports arena, founding a New York City dance company called Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and owning an equine farm where they breed appaloosa horses.
From Missouri to Nevada: The Early Life of Nancy Walton Laurie
Nancy Walton Laurie was born on May 15, 1951, in Missouri. She is the youngest daughter of James “Bud” Walton, the brother and business partner of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.
She grew up in Versailles, Missouri, where she met her future husband Bill Laurie, a basketball player who attended the University of Memphis with her. She graduated from the same university in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in English.
In 1995, when her father died, she inherited around half of his 40 million shares in Walmart, along with her sister Ann Walton Kroenke. She now owns less than a 5% stake in the company, but it is still worth over $9 billion.