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|Born||Elena Anne Ford-Niarchos
May 25, 1966 (age 47)
New York City
|Residence||Grosse Pointe Farms|
|Occupation||Ford Motor Company Director of Global marketing|
|Net worth||$125 million|
Elena Ford (born Elena Anne Ford-Niarchos in 1966) is the daughter of Charlotte Ford, an heiress to the Ford Motor Company fortune, and the Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos. She is a granddaughter of longtime Ford Motor Company president Henry Ford II and the great-great granddaughter of company founder Henry Ford. On March 1, 2013 Ford became a vice-president of the company, making her one of thirty-eight officers running the company. Currently she is Director of Global marketing for the company as a whole. She is responsible for marketing, product management and sales support activities for Ford Motor Company around the world. She is the first female Ford family member to hold a significant position at Ford.
Currently Ford is Director of Global marketing for the company as a whole. She is responsible for marketing, product management and sales support activities for Ford Motor Company around the world.
On March 1, 2012, Ford took over a new global unit within the company, the Dealer and Consumer Experience group. She is responsible for standardizing the way dealerships interact with customers around the world and oversees global dealer strategy, planning, training and consumer experience.
As of March 1, 2013, Ford will be a vice-president of the company, making her one of thirty-eight officers running the company. Currently she is Director of Global marketing for the company as a whole. She is responsible for marketing, product management and sales support activities for Ford Motor Company around the world. She is the first female Ford family member to hold a significant position Ford.
Ford will also establish standards and practices for China as Ford introduces the Lincoln brand in 2014.
In 1991, Ford-Niarchos (as she was then known) married Stanley Jozef Olender, the owner of Stanley O's, an estate maintenance service in Southampton, New York. In 1996, after divorcing Olender, she married Joseph Daniel Rippolone, a plumber, mechanic, builder, and inventor. They have six children together. In 2008 Joseph Rippolone and Elena Ford divorced by mutual agreement. The divorce proceedings lasted a year. Elena remains in Grosse Pointe Farms with their four younger children while Joseph lives in Harrison Township with his two children from a previous marriage, Jillian and Joseph Jr. Both of Joseph Rippolone's older children attend Providence College in Rhode Island. Joseph, Jr has interned at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI four years in a row and has most recently interned with Team Detroit, Ford Motor Company's Advertising Agency, in the past. The four younger children attend a small private school in Grosse Pointe Woods.
In 1997, Elena Ford was involved in a dispute with her half-siblings by her father's third wife, Eugenia Livanos. Stavros Niarchos stipulated in his will that no one has the right to touch his billions until 2009, and two Swiss court decisions have effectively bound the hands of the Niarchos heirs from any inheritance. With the Ford family fortune and the Niarchos money, Elena Ford's net worth is estimated to be $125 million, as of 2012.
On April 4, 2011, Elena Ford was charged with drunk driving after her company issued Ford Explorer jumped the curb onto the median then re-entered traffic. She was also charged with child endangerment as one of her children was in the vehicle. The incident occurred in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, Michigan. On April 21, 2011 she pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to two years probation.
- "Elana Ford is named VP of automaker", Detroit Free Press, February 15, 2012, page 12A
- USA Today, Elena Ford is first woman Ford family member to hold a significant position at the automaker. February 15, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- WEDDINGS;Elena Ford and Joseph Rippolone - New York Times