Franklin Clarence Mars was the founder of the food company Mars, Inc. that mostly manufactures chocolate candy. As a child, he suffered from a mild case of polio, during which time he learned to hand-dip chocolate candy from his mother. At the young age of 19, he began to sell molasses chips. He died in 1934.
Mars Family Profile
Described below is the family tree of Frank C. Mars:
Frank C. Mars’ Parents – Alva (Mother)
Not much is known of Mars’ father, except that he was a gristmill operator earlier in Pennsylvania and later in St. Paul. His mother, Alva, taught him lessons in the kitchen as he was afflicted by polio in his childhood. She also taught him the art of making confectionary. By the time Frank was in high school, he had learnt most of his mother’s recipes including divinity, fudge, and peanut brittle and also began experimenting with recipes on his own.
Frank C. Mars’ Siblings – None
Frank C. Mars’ Spouse(s) – Ethel G. Kissack (Ex), Ethel Veronica Healy
Ethel G. Kissack
Born – September 29, 1882
The daughter of William Kissack and Mary Agnes Ashburner, Ethel married Mars in 1902. She worked as a schoolteacher. In 1910, Ethel divorced Frank in Tahoma, Washington citing lack of support. She was awarded the custody of their only son and $20 per month to support him. However, Frank could not always pay the money.
Ethel Veronica Healy
Born – 1884
Ethel was a racehorse owner; she won the Kentucky Derby with her colt Gallahadion, which was trained by Roy Waldron and ridden by Carroll Bierman. She bought 2,800 acres of property and founded the Milky Way Farm. On this farm, Hereford cattle and thoroughbred racehorses were raised. Ethel’s filly called Forever Yours was voted by American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Another filly, She married Mars in 1910. Ethel passed away in 1965.
Children of Frank C. Mars and Ethel Kissack
Forrest Edward Mars, Sr.
Born – March 21, 1904
Spouse – Audrey Ruth Meyer
Forrest developed M&Ms and the Mars bar, and launched Uncle Ben’s Rice. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, he started his own company called Food Products Manufacturing. After the death of his father, Forrest took over the reins of the family business. He married Audrey and they have three children together. Forrest died in 1999.
Children of Frank C. Mars and Ethel Veronica Healy
Mary Patricia Mars
Born – 1913
Spouse(s) – William Furst (Ex), Alan Feeney
Mary Patricia had 2 children with William Furst and 4 children with Alan Feeney. She died in 1965.
Children of Forrest Mars and Audrey Mars
Forrest Edward Mars, Jr.
Born – August 16, 1931
Spouse(s) – Virginia Cretella (Ex), Deborah Adair Clarke (Ex)
Children of Forrest Edward Mars Jr and Audrey Mars
Victoria B. Mars
Valerie Ann Mars
Pamela Diane Mars
Marijke Elizabeth Mars.
John Franklyn Mars
Born – October 15, 1935
Spouse – Adrienne Bevis
Children of John Frankyln Mars and Adrienne Bevis
Linda Anne Mars
Frank Edward Mars
Michael John Mars
Born – October 10, 1940
Spouse – David H. Badger
Children of Jacqueline Mars and David H Badger
Stephen Mills Badger
Net worth of the Mars family
As of 2013, the Mars family is worth $30.3 billion.