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Mars Family of McLean Ranked Third Wealthiest Family in the Country by Forbes

Mars family comes in second behind Walton, Koch families.

Jacqueline Mars is one of three siblings who run the Mars candy company. Photo courtesy of Forbes magazine
Jacqueline Mars is one of three siblings who run the Mars candy company. Photo courtesy of Forbes magazine
The third-wealthiest family in the nation lives in McLean or at least their company is headquartered here.

The Mars family, founders of the world's largest candy company, are ranked as the third wealthiest family in the nation, according to a new ranking by Forbes magazine.

The siblings who run the private company are Jacqueline, Forrest E. Mars, Jr. and John Mars. Forbes estimates their worth at $60 billion.

Their grandfather Frank invented the Milky Way candy bar and started the company; their father Forrest Sr., launched M&Ms in 1941, continuing its success.

The family-owned company also includes Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Starburst and Skittles, Wrigley Gum, Altoids and Lifesavers. The company sells more than candy. It also includes rice, dog food, cat food, coffee, ice cream and more.

The company headquarters moved to McLean in 1984.
joe brewer July 11, 2014 at 05:41 AM
Just give them both sides of the road when she is driving!
Chris July 11, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Well. THAT was depressing...
RG July 11, 2014 at 01:38 PM
among the super rich 0.1%

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