John Franklyn Mars

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John Franklyn Mars
Born October 15, 1935 (1935-10-15) (age 82)
Arlington, Virginia
Residence Jackson, Wyoming
Citizenship United States[1]
Education Hotchkiss School (1949)[2]
Yale University (BA/BS)
Occupation Chairman of Mars, Inc.
Net worth Increase US$26.9 billion (October 2016)[3]
Spouse(s) Adrienne Bevis (m. 1958)[4]
Children Linda Anne Mars
Frank Edward Mars
Michael John Mars[4][5]
Parent(s) Forrest Mars, Sr. (1904–1999)
Audrey Mars (1910–1989)
Relatives Frank C. Mars (grandfather)
Forrest Mars, Jr. (brother)
Jacqueline Mars (sister)

John Franklyn Mars, KBE (born October 15, 1935) is an American businessman. In 2017, Forbes has described Mars as the 26th richest billionaire in the world.[6]

Early life

John Franklyn Mars was born on October 15, 1935. He is the son of Audrey Ruth (Meyer) and Forrest Mars, Sr., and grandson of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. Mars graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1953[2] and Yale University.


As a member of the Mars family, his share of the company and other assets were worth US$10 billion in September 2010,[7] making him the 52nd richest person in the world and the 26th richest person in America, according to Forbes.[7] As of October 2012, Mars is listed as the 30th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of 20.1 billion.[8] According to Hurun Global Rich List 2015 he is 28th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$26 billion. In 2016 his net worth went up to 29 billion and is listed the 19th richest person in the world. In January 2017, he reportedly paid $7.7 billion for VCA, Inc, a pet care company.[9]

Personal life

He married Adrienne Bevis in June 1958.[4][10] They have three children: Linda Anne Mars born May 23, 1960 (1960-05-23) (age 57), Frank Edward Mars born March 13, 1963 (1963-03-13) (age 54), and Michael John Mars born November 22, 1967 (1967-11-22) (age 50).[4][5]

He formerly lived in Fairfax County, Virginia[1] but now resides in Jackson, Wyoming.[7] In the 2010 to 2014 Forbes ranking of personal wealth, Mars is the highest ranked person whose photograph was unavailable to the magazine.[7]

In March 2015, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him an honorary knighthood at Windsor Castle.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b "The World's Billionaires (2010): #52 John Mars". Forbes. March 3, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Alumni Award: PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS". The Hotchkiss School. 2004. Archived from the original on March 10, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
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  4. ^ a b c d "Descendants of William Langley Bevis". Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Gleick, Elizabeth (February 21, 1994). "Crisis in Candy Land". People Vol. 41 No. 7. 
  6. ^ "John Mars". Forbes. 2017-03-21. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Forbes 400 Richest Americans (2010): #26 John Mars". Forbes. September 16, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bloomberg Billionares Index". Bloomberg LP. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "John Mars". Forbes. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Director Emerita: Adrienne Mars". World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
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