John Franklyn Mars (born October 15, 1935) is an American businessman. He is the current chairman of Mars, Incorporated
He is the son of Forrest Mars, Sr., and grandson of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. As a member of the Mars family, his share of the company and other assets were worth US$10 billion in September 2010, making him the 52nd richest person in the world and the 26th richest person in USA
He married Adrienne Bevis in June 1958. They have three children: Linda Anne Mars born May 23, 1960 (age 54), Frank Edward Mars born March 13, 1963 (age 51), and Michael John Mars born November 22, 1967 (age 46). He formerly lived in Arlington County, Virginia but now resides in Jackson, Wyoming.In the 2010 and 2011 Forbes ranking of personal wealth, Mars is the highest ranked person whose photograph was unavailable to the magazine.
Born in 1935 to Forrest Mars Senior, who had highly influenced the progress of the company, John completed his schooling from Hotchkiss School and graduation from Yale University, before entering his family business.
John learnt lessons of economical living with food and money in his childhood, when his father refused to spend money on a decent living, in order to build his business. As the time passed, he developed the habit of working for everything that he wanted in his life with no availability of fancy clothes, cars or any other allowances. This harsh lifestyle was induced to John and his brother, Forrest Mars Junior, by their father with a focus to make them productive, instead of playboys.
The hard work done in childhood rewarded John, when he grew up young and became capable of earning a living. After completing his graduation from Yale, John started serving the US Army, wherein he worked for a period of 2 years, 1956-58. After this, he joined his family business with the consent of his father, with his first assignment to initiate a pet food company, far from his home, in Australia.
Although the task was a hard nut to be cracked by an entry-level businessman, yet he deliberately moved to Australia and started working on his assignment. He progressed slowly in his business, while learning many lessons throughout his path and at present, administers the pet food operations of the firm across the world.
Another problem arrived when Hershey became the leading company in America in 1988, pushing the Mars to the 2nd spot, for the first time in the history of the industry. During this era, John accompanied his brother, Forrest Jr, to take the company back to its position, for which, he acquired Ethel M Chocolates, a firm established by their father after handling over Mars to them. This action expanded the operations of their firm and accompanied with some other brilliant decisions moved the company back to its reputable position in 1991.
Tackling every obstacle in his path, John grew into a successful businessman and is generally coined as the main brain of Mars, being the chief-decision maker. Moreover, he is recognized for pushing the firm towards automation that allowed it enhance its productions and hence, spread out to other countries, outside of the USA. Thus, the training that began in childhood rose John Mars to a great height of success.
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Childrens: Linda Anne Mars, Frank Edward Mars, Michael John Mars
Parent(s): Forrest Mars, Sr. (1904–1999) Audrey Mars (1910–1989)
Wife: Adrienne Bevis (m. 1958 )