Billionaire roll call
Her fortune took a tiny hit this year, but Fort Worth’s Alice Walton is the woman with the third biggest bank account in the world.
As third richest woman in the world, Walton sits behind No. 1 Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, a French L’Oreal Beauty heiress worth $80.5 billion; and No. 2, American Julia Koch of Koch Industries, worth $59 billion.
Just 337 women appear on the 2023 Forbes list, making up only 13 percent of the planet’s 2,640 billionaires, they say.
Walton is the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. While she devotes most of her time and energy now to her Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Alice L. Walton School of Medicine in her native Bentonville, Arkansas, Forbes still lists her residence as Fort Worth.
In Forbes' complete list of billionaires for 2023, Walton ranks as the 21st richest person across the globe, just behind her No. 20-ranked brother Rob Walton, director of Walmart, worth $57.6 billion.
For the last several years, Alice Walton has "battled"Elon Musk for the top spot in Texas. The Austin-based founder of Tesla and Space-X continues his reign as the wealthiest Texan this year and, with a net worth of $180 billion, he’s the second richest in the world.
Musk notches his spot between No. 1 Bernard Arnault of France (overseer of the LVMH empire of 75 fashion and cosmetics brands, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora), with a net worth of $211 billion; and No. 3 Jeff Bezos, the American Amazon founder, worth $114 billion.
Other Fort Worth billionaires who made the 2023 list (including their global ranking and 2023 net worth) are:
- Private equity magnate David Bonderman: No. 390, $6.5 billion
- Oil and investment guru Robert Bass: No. 534, $5 billion
- Investor and oilman Sid Bass: No. 699, $4 billion
- Homebuilder Donald Horton: No. 1,027, $2.9 billion
- Oilman and investorEdward Bass: No. 1,272, $2.4 billion
- Oilman and investor Lee Bass: No. 1,312, $2.3 billion
- Real estate magnate John Goff, No. 1,725, $1.7 billion