With a net worth of $17 Billion - Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr, own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world’s largest candy company thanks 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. Jacqueline is a trustee of the United States Equestrian team and sits on the board of the Washington National Opera, which recently completed a merger with the Kennedy Center.
At its snowy retreat in the Swiss Alps, the World Economic Forum is debating how much inequality is too much. The aid charity Oxfam pointed out that a glance through the richest 100 people in the world shows that the pendulum has already swung heavily in favour of an elite group: the top 85 in the Forbes rich list control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together.
AT 6.30AM SHARP, John Mars pulls his 1989 Jeep station wagon into the small, empty parking lot at 6885 Elm Street, in the Washington suburb of McLean, Virginia. He parks toward the rear of the unadorned, unmarked two-storey brick building. Except for the coffee shop serving breakfast next door, the neighbourhood is quiet.