6. Arkansas: Christy Walton
Christy Walton is the co-chair of Children’s Scholarship Fund and the widow of John T. Walton, the Wal-Mart heir. She has an estimated wealth of approximately $37.9 billion. Christy married in the family of the Waltons, which became one of the wealthiest families worldwide and are the owners of Wal-Mart, the largest retailers in the world. When her husband John Walton, who was an ex-Vietnam war medic and Green Beret, died in 2005 in a plane crash, she inherited her present fortune. Apart from her Wal-Mart holdings, Christy also owns a portion in First Solar, the solar panel maker, which had an approximate worth of $1.3 billion in September 2015.