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John Franklyn Mars

Birthplace: Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Forrest Mars, Sr. and Audrey Ruth Mars
Husband of <private> Mars (Bevis)
Father of <private> (Mars); <private> Mars and <private> Mars
Brother of Forrest Mars, Jr. and Jacqueline Mars

Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About John Franklyn Mars

John Franklyn Mars, KBE (born October 15, 1935) is an American businessman. In 2015, Forbes has described Mars as the 22nd richest billionaire in the world.

Early life

John Franklyn Mars was born on October 15, 1935. He is the son of Forrest Mars, Sr., and grandson of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. Mars graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1953 and Yale University.


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 America, according to Forbes. As of October 2012, Mars is listed as the 30th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of 20.1 billion. According to Hurun Global Rich List 2015 he is 28th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$26 billion.

Personal life

He married Adrienne Bevis in June 1958. They have three children: Linda Anne Mars born May 23, 1960 (age 55), Frank Edward Mars born March 13, 1963 (age 53), and Michael John Mars born November 22, 1967 (age 48).

He formerly lived in Arlington County, Virginia but now resides in Jackson, Wyoming. In the 2010 to 2014 Forbes ranking of personal wealth, Mars is the highest ranked person whose photograph was unavailable to the magazine.

In March 2015, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him an honorary knighthood at Windsor Castle.

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October 15, 1935
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States