7 facts about America's youngest female billionaire

Lynsi Torres is the president and owner of In-N-Out Burger, the chain her grandparents started in California.

By Aimee Picchi Feb 5, 2013 2:20PM

File photo of Lynsi Torres on Feb. 24, 2012 (Bob Johnson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)If someone asks you to picture a billionaire, chances are you'll think of a man who's probably over age 50. But according to Bloomberg News, there are a handful of women in the ranks -- and one of them is 30-year old Lynsi Torres, one of the youngest female billionaires on the planet. 


Who is she, and how did she get into the ranks of the likes of Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.B) Warren Buffett (worth $52 billion) and Mexico's Carlos Slim ($78.3 billion)? 


Here are seven interesting facts about Torres:

She has a day job. Torres is the owner and president of In-N-Out Burger, a chain of restaurants that's built a cult-like following for its dedication to fresh ingredients. In-N-Out has even claimed top chefs such as Gordon Ramsay as fans.

She's the heir to a fortune
. She's the sole family heir to Harry and Esther Snyder, her grandparents, who started the chain as a single drive-through hamburger stand in Baldwin Park, Calif. She inherited control after several family deaths, including her father's death at age 49 from a prescription drug overdose.

She's been married three times. Her first marriage was to her high school sweetheart. She next married Richard Martinez shortly before her grandmother died. In 2011, she next married Val Torres Jr., a race car driver and contractor.

She loves racing cars. Torres, a car race enthusiast, has formed a husband-and-wife team with Val Torres Jr. to compete in drag races. She told National Dragster that she started attending drag races at age 2 and first competed one 12 years ago, driving a 1969 Camaro.

She has a massive mansion. Torres lives in a "resort-like estate" that she bought for $17.4 million last year. She purchased the Bradbury, Calif., house from Adrián Beltré, the former third baseman for the L.A. Dodgers. The house sprawls across 16,600 square feet on 4.16 acres and includes a 2,500 square-foot guest house.

She's publicity-shy. According to Bloomberg, few people in the restaurant industry know her. "I was even surprised there was a granddaughter," said restaurant consultant Janet Lowder. Torres declined to talk to Bloomberg and has refused most interview requests, including one from author Stacy Perman, who wrote a 2009 book about the company.

She didn't graduate from college. Torres doesn't have a college degree and has little formal management training, according to Bloomberg.

255Comments
Feb 5, 2013 5:50PM
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born with a silver spoon in the mouth.  Hope she is a kind and giving person. 
Feb 5, 2013 5:47PM
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I think I'll go have a double double, fries and a chocolate shake right now!
Feb 5, 2013 5:47PM
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Fantastic hamburgers, perfect......Not to mention the fresh (not frozen) french fries.....
Feb 5, 2013 5:47PM
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I am looking for a sugar moma....aah ha....
Feb 5, 2013 5:45PM
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She made her fortune the old-fashioned way...she inherited it.
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Ha! Figures. Didn't have to lift a finger and walks right into a fortune. Well, let's keep in mind that Buffett and his contemporaries actually had to work to make their mark.
Feb 5, 2013 5:43PM
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She sounds like a woman who knows what important, staying out of the lime light and enjoying doing things with her spouse.
Feb 5, 2013 5:42PM
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I see nothing that says she is directly involved in actually running the company.  I'd say it's pretty likely she has others running the company even though she is legally the heiress of the enterprise. Hard to really know she is managing anything other than her racing activities.
Feb 5, 2013 5:40PM
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Not a huge fan of in-n-out burger. They are okay. But I do love the good old in-n-out with the wife.. 
Feb 5, 2013 5:38PM
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so her father die from a drug overdose  mmmm  maybe what happen she .................
Feb 5, 2013 5:37PM
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Sounds like a little good ole jealousy out there, for those who seem to think it's bad to have someone leave them a fortune. She's young, she's pretty and from the looks of things seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders. Didn't read any thing suggesting she let things go down hill. She gets a big thumbs up.
Feb 5, 2013 5:36PM
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Good for her!  We all should be happy to see someone make it big. Especially when it is a family business. There is too much tearing down of the wealthy.  They provide jobs and pay more than the FAIR share of TAXES.
Feb 5, 2013 5:35PM
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Good for her...go girl before Obama takes all your hard earned money, ya that's the dude that never held a job in his life and has been sucking off government tax dollars since he was born...
Feb 5, 2013 5:35PM
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what exactly is the difference between her fortune and Paris Hiltons.  they both didnt do a thing.  they were just handed a bunch of money.  what am I missing?
Feb 5, 2013 5:31PM
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Don't leave millions to your kids, if you ever earn that much.

They end up feeling guilty about having so much without ever working for it, and go leftwing.

All the rich pukes who built America in the free market now have foundations in their name that fund radical left causes.



Feb 5, 2013 5:30PM
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I have a drag car!! Looking for husband number 4? Cute girl and loves racing. What more could a guy ask for?
Feb 5, 2013 5:30PM
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I'd easily give up my ex-wifes life for a chance to be a billionaire.Heartache schmartache!!!!!
Feb 5, 2013 5:28PM
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The sole heir "after several family deaths..."

 

Well, she's certainly shrewd enough to take the reins.

 

 

Feb 5, 2013 5:27PM
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Good for her Glad she has old fashioned values and doesnt mess with the success she has inherited
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