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Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.


American businessmen, owner of the reputed confectionary company “Mars, Incorporated” and 82,000 acre “Diamond Cross Ranch”, Mars is the richest man in Virginia, 26th richest American and the 52nd richest person in the world.


Forrest Edward Mars, Jr. was born on the 16th of August, 1931 in Oak Park, Illinois. His father, Forrest Edward Mars, Sr, was an American businessman and the driving force of the Mars candy empire.


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


  • This billionaire businessman has turned Mars into the 5th largest privately held company in the United States. His investment and business savvy have made him the richest man in the state of Virginia. Forrest Mars Jr.’s net worth as of the first half of 2014 is $23.9 billion dollars.


Mars has donated to the campaigns of Republicans.


Physical Characteristics : 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.

Forrest Mars, Sr.
Forrest Mars, Sr. - father of Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.

Turned the Mars candy empire into an international force, introducing M&Ms and the Mars bar. He also popularized Uncle Ben's Rice.

Audrey Mars

Victoria B. Mars - American - businesswoman
Victoria B. Mars - child of Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.

Outside of the business, Victoria is currently a member of the Boards of Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, and The Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman, Montana.

Valerie Anne Mars - American

Pamela Diane Mars - American

Marijke Elizabeth Mars - American

Franklin Clarence Mars - Amercian - business magnate
Franklin Clarence Mars - Grandfather of Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.

Frank C. Mars was a United States business magnate who founded the food company Mars, Incorporated, which makes mostly chocolate candy.

John Franklyn Mars - American - businessman
John Franklyn Mars - brother of Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.

John Franklyn Mars is an American businessman. He is the current chairman of Mars, Incorporated.

Jacqueline Mars - American - investor and philanthropist
Jacqueline Mars - Sister of Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.

Jacqueline Mars took the bull by the horns with her brothers and continued the growth and development of the company .