Jacqueline Mars (born October 10, 1939) is an American heiress and investor. She is the daughter of Audrey Ruth (Meyer) and Forrest Mars, Sr., and the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. As of November 2023, Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimated her net worth at US$46.6 billion, ranking her the 23rd-richest person in the world.[4] In the annual ranking of the richest women in the world in 2023, Forbes estimated her fortune at $38.3 billion and placed her in fourth place.[5]

Jacqueline Mars
Born (1939-10-10) October 10, 1939 (age 84)[1]
EducationMiss Hall's School
Alma materBryn Mawr College[2]
Known forMars, Inc. fortune
David H. Badger
(m. 1961⁠–⁠1984)
Harold 'Hank' Vogel
(m. 1986⁠–⁠1994)
Children3, including Stephen M. Badger
Parent(s)Forrest Mars, Sr.
Audrey Mars
RelativesFrank C. Mars (grandfather)
Forrest Mars, Jr. (brother)
John Mars (brother)

Early life edit

Jacqueline Mars was born on October 10, 1939. She was graduated from Miss Hall's School, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[6] Mars participated as an equestrian in many horse shows during her youth. She is a 1961 graduate of Bryn Mawr College[2] and her degree is in anthropology.[1]

Career edit

Mars is an heiress among the members of the Mars family that founded and owns Mars Incorporated, holding shares in the company. As a member of the family, her shares of Mars, Inc. and other assets were estimated by Forbes magazine in April 2024 to be worth $38.5 billion, making her the 19th richest American, and #34 on its list of "The World's Billionaires".[7] Mars was active in Mars, Inc. from 1982, when she joined the company as food product group president.[8] She spent the majority of her time working for the Mars Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit supported by the company.[9] She retired in 2001.[8] In June 2019, Forbes listed her as the wealthiest resident living in Virginia, with an estimated $28.1 billion net worth.[10]

Personal life edit

Mars married David H. Badger in 1961.[1] They had three children: Alexandra Badger born 1966 or 1967 (age 57–58),[11] Stephen M. Badger born c.1969 (age 54–55), and Christa M. Badger born c.1975 (age 48–49). She divorced Badger in 1984.

She married Harold 'Hank' Vogel in 1986, with whom she resided in Bedminster, New Jersey. They divorced in 1994.[1] Mars, like her siblings, is known for living frugally and avoiding the public eye.[9][12]

Mars is a trustee of the U.S. Equestrian Team. She owns a working organic farm that is protected in perpetuity by the Land Trust of Virginia.[13][14][15]

2013 automobile crash edit

On October 4, 2013, at the age of 74, Mars was involved in a car crash on U.S. Route 50 in Aldie, near her home in The Plains in Northern Virginia. Her vehicle crossed the highway center line and struck a Chrysler minivan carrying six passengers. One person died at the scene and another, who was pregnant, subsequently miscarried.[16][17] Mars was charged with reckless driving. She told a witness after the crash that she had fallen asleep at the wheel.[18][19] Mars subsequently pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving, with tests having revealed no drugs, alcohol, or medications in her system that could have caused a blackout (test was given 72 hours after accident).[20]

Philanthropy edit

She sits on the board of directors for both the Washington National Opera and the National Sporting Library and Fine Arts Museum.[21] Mars also sits on the National Advisory Council of the Journey through Hallowed Ground, a foundation promoting American heritage in the region stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson that is situated just outside Charlottesville, Virginia.[8]

Mars is a routine donor to the League of Conservation Voters.[22] She has also donated to the National Air and Space Museum,[23] the Washington Performing Arts Society.[24] She received the inaugural Heritage Award granted by the Foundation for the National Archives.[8][13]

In 2021, she made a $1.25 million donation to help house "Angels Unawares", a sculpture by Timothy Schmalz", at Catholic University of America.[25]

References edit

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  3. ^ "Features: Old Money Goes Bad". The Canberra Times. Vol. 70, no. 21, 863. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 25 February 1995. p. 49. Retrieved 2 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia., ...Jackie Mars, heiress to a $3 billion slice of the fortune, is being sued by her estranged husband, Harold Vogel...
  4. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index: Jacqueline Mars". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 1, 2024.
  5. ^ "The World's Richest Women Billionaires 2023". Forbes. 2023-03-10.
  6. ^ "Board of Trustees". Miss Hall's School. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Jacqueline Mars". Forbes. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  8. ^ a b c d JTHG. "Jacqueline Mars / Leadership & Board / About Us / Home - The Journey Through Hallowed Ground". www.hallowedground.org. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  9. ^ a b "THE SHY BILLIONAIRES". Washington Post. 2024-01-03. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  10. ^ Wang, Jennifer. "The Richest Person In Each State 2019". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  11. ^ "Miss Badger to Marry Andrew Carey". The New York Times. March 3, 1991. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  12. ^ "From the Archives: Sweet Secrets: Opening Doors on the Very Private Lives of the Billionaire Mars Family - Washingtonian". 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  13. ^ a b "Foundation for the National Archives Presents 2012 Heritage Award to Philanthropist Jacqueline Badger Mars - National Archives Foundation". National Archives Foundation. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  14. ^ Eccentric, Middleburg (2017-10-12). "Jacqueline Mars Protects Meredyth Farm - Middleburg Eccentric". Middleburg Eccentric. Archived from the original on 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  15. ^ "Land Trust of Virginia protects Jacqueline Mars' farm, forever". Fauquier Times. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  16. ^ "Irene C. Ellisor of Huntsville, TX dies in crash in Va". wusa9.com. 2013-10-07. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  17. ^ "Pregnant Victim In Billionaire Jacqueline Mars' Car Crash Lost 8-Month-Old Unborn Baby". Forbes. 2013-10-10. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  18. ^ Freed, Benjamin (2013-10-29). "Jacqueline Mars Charged With Reckless Driving in Fatal Crash". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  19. ^ "PD: Mars Candy Heiress Fell Asleep Behind Wheel Prior to Fatal Accident". WRC-TV, Washington, DC. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  20. ^ Gibson, Caitlin (2013-12-05). "Mars company co-owner pleads guilty in fatal crash in Loudoun, fined $2,500". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  21. ^ "Jacqueline Mars - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  22. ^ "Exploring Planet Mars: Where Will That $80 Billion Candy Fortune End Up?". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  23. ^ "Our Donors". airandspace.si.edu. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  24. ^ "Jacqueline Mars Gives $1.4 Million to the Washington Performing Arts Society - Washingtonian". 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  25. ^ "Jacqueline Mars pledges $1.25M for "Angels Unawares" plaza | Catholic University Advancement". engage.catholic.edu. Retrieved 2024-04-01.