By  on April 23, 2007

Helen R. Walton helped shape the business strategy and the early culture of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., founded by her husband, Sam Walton.

And when she died Thursday at her Benton­ville, Ark., home at 87, Sam Walton's widow was among Wal-Mart's largest shareholders and ranked among the world's richest individuals, with a net worth of about $16.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

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