Jacqueline Mars is the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars and the daughter of Forrest Mars, Sr. Mars, who were the founders of Mars, Incorporated. Forbes ranked her as the 18th Richest American and 36th Richest Person In The World. Mars is one of the top 5 largest privately held companies in America.
Mars, Incorporated is known for manufacturing several popular confectionery items like Milky Way, Snickers and the Mars bar. The company also produces non-confectionary items like Combos, Uncle Ben's Rice and Domino. Fran Mars, Jacqueline's grandfather started making chocolates in the kitchen of his home. Her father expanded the business introducing innovations like malt-flavoured nougat. Although Mars has grown exponentially, it still remains a family owned business.
Mars graduated school from Miss Hall's Scholl in Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. She was married to David H. Badger in 1961 and has three children. Badger and Mars were divorced in 1984. Mars got married two years later to Hank Vogel and divorced in 1994.Jacqueline Mars along with her brothers John Franklin Mars and Forrest Edward Mars Jr took over the family business after her father died in 1999. John is the CEO of the company while Mars herself was made the Corporate Vice President of Mars Inc. No one from the Mars family currently holds any executive position in the company.