We know the Waltons are prolific political donors. In campaign finance reports, which require donors to report their employer or occupation, members of the Walton family end up reporting a variety of occupations—from homemaker (Christy Walton) to “education consultant” (Carrie Penner) to “rancher” and “investor” (Alice Walton).
But this is a new one: In January 2008, Alice Walton gave $20,000 to the re-election campaign of her state senator, Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls). In Estes’s campaign finance report (large PDF file; see page 54), Alice lists her “principal occupation/job title” as Heiress.
This may sound like a term that comes from the 18th century, but what better term is there to claim when you and five other Waltons are worth a combined $100 billion—more than the bottom 30% of all Americans!
All this time we thought there was only one self-proclaimed heiress: Paris Hilton now has competition!