Marijke Mars was born in United States. Marijke Mars and her three sisters share are heirs to the family's giant candy and pet food company, Mars Inc. She inherited her estimated 8% stake in the company when her father, Forrest Mars Jr., died in 2016. Her great-grandfather Frank Mars founded the candy company in 1911. The $35 billion (sales) company completed its acquisition of animal hospital chain VCA in September 2017. Best known for candy such as Milky Way, Dove and Skittles, Mars also makes Uncle Ben's rice and pet food, including Pedigree and Whiskas.