He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1949. The School is among the special places of the heart for him. Forrest E. Mars Jr. came to Lakeville in 1945 from Houston, Texas. In four years at the School, he made his presence felt, primarily in his work for The Hotchkiss Record, as assistant business editor and then business manager, and on the Hotchkiss Dramatic Association, as a member of the stage crew and then as its head. No doubt his discerning eye took in and took care of sloppy accounting and shaky props. Recognizing this seriousness of purpose, his classmates voted him “Most Likely to Succeed,” in the 1949 Mischianza. And then he studied at Yale University.
He joined Mars in 1960, but that was not an end to his struggle as he had to travel a long way to prove his capability. The new headquarter of the company was opened in Downtown, Washington, where he was assigned to oversee its opening.
Next year, he was sent to Veghel, Netherlands, where he started serving the European continent by establishing a fresh candy factory.
It was in 1973, when the ownership of the company was transferred to Forrest Jr and his brother. They took over the charge and worked constantly on their efficiency and quality
Mars has donated to the campaigns of Republicans.
Height: 172 cm
Mars was married and divorced twice. The billionaire business man is the devoted father of seven children.
He married Virginia Cretella. They have four children: Victoria Mars, Valerie Anne Mars, Pamela Diane Mars and Marijke Elizabeth Mars.
He divorced Virginia in 1990 to marry Deborah Adair Clarke. He divorced Deborah Adair Clarke in 2010.