Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Christy Walton inherited her vast wealth when her husband, a former Green Beret and Vietnam war medic, died in a tragic airplane crash in Wyoming in 2005. She’s the richest woman in America, and Forbes also ranks Christy Walton as the #6 richest person in the United States and #11 on the list of global billionaires. 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 also owns a stake in solar panel maker First Solar. When she’s not doing philanthropic work, Walton resides in the picturesque Jackson Hole, WY-area. A longtime resident of the area, she has just listed her 2.45 acre luxurious and private estate bordering Ellen Creek with direct access to the national forest and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
An ‘architectural masterpiece,’ the fully-furnished home incorporates traditional alpine-style with European details, including imported stone pavers, 200 year old reclaimed oak floors, cathedral ceilings and hand-crafted Albertini windows.