Founder of Sam's Club and the Walmart retail chain; pioneered the idea of consistently stocked shelves with wide-ranging goods and products.
He delivered newspapers, farmed, and sold magazines; he worked at J.C. Penney in Des Moines, Iowa, as a management trainee.
He managed his first variety store, which was part of the Butler Brothers chain, in 1945 when he was only 26.
He had four children with Helen Robson, whom he married in February 1943.
He was a famous Oklahoma-born entrepreneur; in the state right next door was Warren Buffett, the Nebraska-born entrepreneur.
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