Victoria B. Mars Biography
Victoria B. Mars is an American businesswoman, heiress to the Mars, Incorporated fortune and billionaire. She is known for having served in the family company as the chairman.
Victoria B. Mars Age
Ms. Mars is 54 years old as of 2019. She was born on 28th July 1965 in the United States of America.
Victoria B. Mars Family
Born into the Mars family, Victoria is in the fourth generation of her family’s membership. She is a great-granddaughter of Franklin Clarence Mars, the founder of Mars, Incorporated. Her mother is Virginia Cretella while her father is the late Forrest Mars, Jr., the eldest son of Forrest Mars, Sr. Victoria’s paternal great-grandmother, Ethel V. Mars, was a horse breeder at Milky Way Farm in Giles County, Tennessee. She was raised alongside her three sisters: Valerie Anne Mars, Marijke Mars, and Pamela Diane Mars-Wright.
Where did Victoria B. Mars attend school?
At a young age, Victoria was a student at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, until her graduation in 1974. She studied at Yale University for her BA and advanced to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MBA in Finance in 1984.
Victoria B. Mars Husband | Victoria B. Mars Children
Victoria has been married twice. In her first marriage, she had two of her children. The marriage, however, ended and she marred David Spina. They too have two children together, making her a mother of four. Victoria lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Her whole family is known to fiercely guard their privacy by not allowing press interviews nor public photograph taking with the exception of Victoria and her aunt Jacqueline Mars, not much is known about her children and/or marriage.
Victoria B. Mars Career | Mars, Incorporated
Mars Inc. is a multinational candy and pet food company. It was started by Franklin C. Mars, Victoria’s paternal great-grandfather. Over the years, it has been run by her family members with other inventions being made while it became operational. Some of its products include Skittles, M&Ms, and Milky Way as well as pet food like Whiskas and Pedigree.
Victoria began her professional life in 1978 in the family company, Mars, Incorporated in Haguenau, France. She was the Assistant Brand Manager for Milky Way (invented by Franklin C. Mars), followed by becoming the Export Manager. She became the Director of the Marine Systems Division of Mars Electronics International in 1984. Two years later, in 1986, she received another appointment, as Vice President of S&F, Commercial, and People and Organization for Dove of Burr Ridge, Illinois in suburban Chicago.
She served as the Vice President of S&F for ten years and in 1997, she began serving as Ombudsman at Mars, Incorporated. She held the position till 2013. In 2006, Victoria was appointed to the board of directors of Mars, Incorporated and in April 2014, she received an appointment to replace her cousin Stephen M. Badger. as the board’s chairperson. She stepped down from being the chairmanship position in 2017.
Still, in 2014, Victoria was a keynote speaker at the annual conference that was organized by a non-profit organization which promotes employee well-being known as Great Place to Work. She also attended a February 2015 meeting chaired by Annick Girardin, the French Minister of State for Development and Francophony, to launch the Livelihoods Funds, alongside the French businessman Franck Riboud, who served as the chairman of Danone. The funds were launched to promote sustainable development in agribusiness in Africa.
Following her father’s death in July 2016, Victoria and her siblings got a share of his stake of Mars Inc. She inherited about 8 percent of it, and this made her an instant billionaire.
Victoria B. Mars Philanthropy Works
Victoria also takes part in charity work. Hers includes serving on the board of trustees of her alma mater, Foxcroft School, as the secretary. She is also a member of the board of The Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman, Montana.
In 2003 and 2004, Victoria made donations to the Charles Darwin Foundation, which is a station for scientific research and environmental education. Every year from 2007 to 2013, Victoria made charitable contributions to the Galapagos Conservancy.
In 2011 and 2012, she donated resources to a maritime museum in Mystic, Connecticut, known as the Mystic Seaport. Additionally, in 2012 and 2013, Ms. Mars donated to the High Mountain Institute, a non-profit organization whose headquarters are in Leadville, Colorado, teaching young people about the environment. In 2014, she was a donor to the Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Victoria B. Mars Net Worth
Victoria is a billionaire and her wealth is from her stake in Mars Incorporated. As of 2019, her net worth is reportedly at 7 billion USD.