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Sam Walton

An American businessman who is best known for founding the Wal-Mart chain. He began in the retail store business in 1945 when he purchased a Ben Franklin franchise. Throughout the 1950s, he opened more franchises until he established the first Wal-Mart in 1962. He was one of the first retailers to always buy from the lowest priced wholesaler; this drove sales higher, which allowed him to negotiate still lower prices from wholesalers. This practice, while controversial, became a staple of Wal-Mart. He also was among the first to offer managers the ability to become limited partners in his stores. Walton lived from 1918 until 1992.
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The seven gold winners were Alice Hutchinson, Emma Burk, Emma Walton, Sam Faulkner, Oliver Binks, Sammi Raif, Michael Robinson.
Back row from left, Tony Gulliver (team manager), Ben Toft, Chris Whitehead, Mike Walls, Tom Slater, Dai Maddocks, Myles Dorrian, George Dixon, Rob Dugard, Darren Clayton, Stewart Pearl, Ronnie McLean, Tommy Hayes; middle row Scott Abbott (video technician), Scott Kenzie (team assistant), Nathan Jones, Sam Montague, Greg Thomas, Jamie Miller, Laurie McGlone, Rob Walton, Sam Herrington, Carl Burgess, Ben Pons, Donovan Sanders, Rudi Brits, John Kenzie (assistant manager); front row Ron Kempin (kit technician), Adrian Lightowler (conditioning coach), Dave Addleton (forwards coach), Ben Russell, Lee Parry, Kurt Johnson, Henno Venter (captain), Ollie Winter, Ricky Whitehall, Paul Ensor, Phil Maynard (rugby director), Howard Graham (backs coach), Julie Snow (physio), Ian Grant (fourth official)
On a quail hunting trip in Oklahoma with his brother Bud Walton, Sam talked seriously about taking the company public.
Left to right, Owen Bolsover, Lewis Walton, Sam Hindmarsh, Matthew Corner, Leo Cheesebrough, and Matthew McNaught back their heroes
In 1986, Alice Walton, Sam Walton's daughter, championed AAM as a side to the bank's core business to sell fixed-income securities to retail bank customers.