If you had a net worth of $20.9 billion how would you spend your birthday? Personally, my big night would most likely involve a private jet to Las Vegas, dinner at a 5 star restaurant with several Victoria's Secret Super Models and roughly 100 bottles of Dom Perignon at the best night club in town. You know what it wouldn't involve? A DUI arrest and a night in a Texas jail cell. Unfortunately that's how the 2nd richest woman in the world, Alice Walton, spent her 62nd birthday last Friday night.
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You'd think that having a net worth of nearly $21 billion would help you get out of a traffic violation. Or at the very least you'd think having $21 billion would enable you to arrange a driver any time you might consume a few adult beverages. Well, think again. Last Friday, Alice was arrested on the night of her 62nd birthday. She was clocked going 71 miles per hour in a 55 MPH construction zone. At the time she was traveling back from her own birthday dinner at a restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. She was arrested without incident and spent her birthday night in a Weatherford County jail cell.
Alice Walton is the daughter of the late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. At the time of his death in 1992 Sam owned 48% of the outstanding shares of Walmart. He split these shares evenly among his wife and four children. If Same were alive today and still owned all of his shares his net worth would be well over $100 billion making him not only the richest person alive but the richest person to have ever lived.
Alice grew up with her family in Arkansas then went on to Trinity University in San Antonio Texas for college. She is an avid horseback rider, art collector and philanthropist. She has donated over $300 million of her own personal fortune to build an art museum in Arkansas called Crystal Bridges.
Unfortunately, for all the good Alice has done, her latest arrest was not her first run in with the law. In 1989 Alice accidentally struck and killed a 50 year old pedestrian named Oleta Hardin. She was not under the influence at the time and it was determined to be an accident so no charges were filed. In 1998 Walton was driving drunk and collided with a gas meter. As the responding officer was putting Walton in handcuffs the billionaire screamed "IM ALICE WALTON, BITCH!".
If being the second richest woman in the world isn't enough to get you out of a DUI then I think it's safe to say we should all plan on arranging designated drivers for our birthdays. What do you think? Are you surprised Alice got popped and spent the night in jail?