Walmart Facts

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Our People

Walmart employs 2.2 million associates around the world -- 1.3 million in the U.S. alone. About 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and they earn between $50,000 and $170,000 a year — similar to what firefighters, accountants, and even doctors make. Every year, Walmart promotes about 160,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.

Learn more about why our associates love working at Walmart.

Walmart Locations and Data

Walmart operates more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries around the world. Visit Our Business to learn more, including state data for the U.S. 

We operate stores under 69 different banners globally. Want to see how customers in Brazil or Japan shop at Walmart? Visit Walmart International to learn about each market where we operate.

Financial Facts

For the fiscal year ended January 2013, Walmart increased net sales by 5% to $466.1 billion and returned $13 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. See our quarterly earnings results and annual reports for more details. 

Executive Leadership

The CEO of Walmart is Doug McMillon. The Chairman of our Board of Directors is Rob Walton, son of founder Sam Walton. See a full list of our executive team in Our Leadership, including biographies and downloadable photos.

Find recent speeches from top management in Executive Viewpoints.

Our Heritage

Walmart was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton when our first store opened in Rogers, Arkansas. Learn more about Our Heritage, including a detailed timeline of Walmart’s first 50 years and see the Walmart Visitor Center in the original Walton’s 5&10. 

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Community Giving

In 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave  more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. In addition, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Logistics associates volunteered more than  2.2 million hours, generating $18 million to U.S. nonprofits. 

Visit Community Giving to learn about the programs we support and how your nonprofit organization can apply for a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Environmental Sustainability

We're working toward three aspirational sustainability goals: to be supplied 100% by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain people and the environment. Learn more about our sustainability efforts.

Hunger & Nutrition

We've committed $2 billion to fight hunger in the U.S. We're making food healthier and healthier food more affordable. And we're using our size and scale to help support farmers and their communities to strengthen the global food supply chain.

Women's Economic Empowerment

Through our Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, we've set goals and are taking practical steps to help change the lives of countless women around the world by 2016. In the U.S., we will source $20 billion from women-owned businesses. Globally, we will double our sourcing from women-owned businesses in every market.