Jacqueline Mars is an American billionaire. Forbes estimates her net worth to be around $24 billion. She is the daughter of Forrest Mars, Sr. and the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, the founder of American candy company Mars, Incorporated.
Mars was born on October 10 1939. She attended Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and earned her degree in anthropology from the Bryn Mawr College in 1961.
Frank C. Mars founded Mars in 1911 in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen. Today, along with two siblings, Jacqueline Mars owns the secretive candy maker. All the three siblings are on the company’s board, but have no role in day-to-day operations.
Mars is a member of the board of directors of the Washington National Opera and the National Sporting Library and Fine Arts Museum. She is a trustee at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. Currently she resides in The Plains, VA.
Jacqueline Mars married David H. Badger in 1961. They had three children. She divorced Badger in 1984. She married Hank Vogel in 1986 and divorced him in 1994.
In 2013, she was involved in an accident which resulted in the death of Irene Ellisor, an 86-year-old woman. She pleaded guilty in Loudoun County General District Court to the charge of reckless driving. But Ellisor’s relatives asked the judge not to incarcerate Mars and indicated that they had forgiven her.