Jacqueline Mars

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"Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr, own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world's largest candy company thanks in part to its $23 billion acquisition of gum maker Wrigley's in 2008. The candy maker's most famous brands include Milky Way, M&M's, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Skittles, and Snickers, reportedly named for the Mars family's favorite horse. Jacqueline's grandfather, Frank Mars, began making chocolates in 1911 in his Tacoma, Wash. kitchen. It was her father Forrest Sr. who invented malt-flavored nougat and M&M's, over 400 million of which are produced in the U.S. each day. Mars has since branched out into consumer and pet foods with brands including Uncle Ben's Rice and Whiskas. Jacqueline is a trustee of the United States Equestrian team and sits on the board of the Washington National Opera, which completed a merger with the Kennedy Center in 2011."[1]

Her son is Stephen Badger.

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  1. forbes Jacqueline Mars, organizational web page, accessed April 25, 2012.