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Ford family (Michigan)

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Ford family
Henry Ford
Henry Ford II
William C. Ford Jr.
Current regionMichigan, U.S.
Place of originCounty Cork, Ireland[citation needed]
  • 1847
  • 177 years ago
FounderWilliam Ford
Connected familiesFirestone
Estate(s)Fair Lane
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

The Ford family is an American family from the U.S. state of Michigan. They are best known for their control of the Ford Motor Company automobile manufacturer which was originally founded by Henry Ford in the early twentieth century. Henry's grandson William Clay Ford Sr. and his family have controlled the Detroit Lions franchise of the National Football League since late 1963. The Ford family are also members of the Episcopal Church.[1]

Although the Ford family's ownership stake in the automaker had declined to less than 50% of the company's equity as of 2010, the family retained operational control through a special class of stock that was established early in the company's history and retained when the company made its initial public offering in 1956.[2][3][4][5] The family owns all of the company's Class B shares, which are collectively entitled to elect 40% of the company's board of directors, with the remaining 60% elected by the holders of the company's publicly traded common stock.

Family tree

Isaac Ford
William Ford
Rebecca Jennings
Samuel Ford
(c. 1792—1842)
Jonathan "John" Ford
(c. 1799—1864)
Thomasine Smith
George Ford
(c. 1811—1864)
Henry Ford
(c. 1813—?)
Stephen Ford
Rebecca Ford
William Ford
Mary Litogot O'Hern
(c. 1839—1876)
Jane Ford
Henry Ford Sr.
Mary Ford
(c. 1832—1882)
Nancy Ford
Samuel Ford
Ford Founder Henry Ford
Clara Jane Bryant
John Ford
(c. 1865—1927)
Margaret Ford [Ruddiman]
Jane Ford
(c. 1869—1906)
William Ford
Robert Ford
(c. 1876—1876)
Edsel Ford
Eleanor Lowthian Clay
Harvey S. Firestone Jr.
Elizabeth Parke
Henry Ford II
Anne McDonnell
Benson Ford Sr.
Edith McNaughton
Josephine Clay Ford [Ford]
Walter Buhl Ford II
William Clay Ford Sr.
Martha Parke Firestone
(b. 1925)
Charlotte M. Ford
(b. 1941)
Anne Ford
(b. 1943)
Edsel Ford II
(b. 1948)
Walter Buhl Ford III
Eleanor Clay Ford [Sullivan]
(b. 1946)
Josephine Clay Ford [Ingle]
(b. 1949)
Alfred Brush Ford
(b. 1950)
Elena Anne Ford
(b. 1966)
Benson Ford Jr.
(b. 1949)
Lynn Ford [Alandt]
(b. 1951)
Martha Parke "Muffy" Ford [Morse]
(b. 1948)
Sheila Ford [Hamp]
(b. 1951)
William Clay Ford Jr.
(b. 1957)
Elizabeth Ford [Kontulis]
(b. 1961)



The following is a list of companies in which the Ford family have held a controlling or otherwise significant interest.


  1. ^ W. Williams, Peter (2016). Religion, Art, and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression. University of North Carolina Press. p. 176. ISBN 9781469626987. The names of fashionable families who were already Episcopalian, like the Morgans, or those, like the Fricks, who now became so, goes on interminably: Aldrich, Astor, Biddle, Booth, Brown, Du Pont, Firestone, Ford, Gardner, Mellon, Morgan, Procter, the Vanderbilt, Whitney. Episcopalians branches of the Baptist Rockefellers and Jewish Guggenheims even appeared on these family trees.
  2. ^ Muller, Joann. "Ford Family's Stake Is Smaller, But They're Richer And Still Firmly In Control". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  3. ^ Muller, Joann. "Ford Family Shuffles Wealth". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  4. ^ Kennon, Joshua. "Examining the shareholder structure of an iconic American company". The Balance. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  5. ^ Muller, Joann. "William Clay Ford's Legacy Cemented Family's Dynasty". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-01-14.

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