Ben Walton is the President of the General Partner of Mississippi Angel Fund, L.P. He was a founder of AutoZone, Inc. and an officer of AutoZone and Malone & Hyde, Inc. during a successful Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. buyout of the companies.
He then was SVP and Secretary of the Eastover Group of Companies, publicly held REITS that were the precursors to EastGroup Properties, Inc. and The Parkway Company. Ben later served as VP and CFO to private equity partnerships he co-originated while CFO of The Walker Companies, a family office, which included outside investors and invested in firms engaged in buyout transactions, venture capital, distressed investments, and mezzanine investments.
He is an organizer of First Commercial Bank in Jackson, MS and holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.