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William Clay Ford, Sr.
BornWilliam Clay Ford
(1925-03-14) March 14, 1925 (age 97)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
EducationYale University, Bachelor of Science (Economics), 1949
OccupationDetroit Lions and team owner (1962–present), businessman, former CEO of, and presently a board executive for, Ford Motor Company
Spouse(s)Martha Parke Firestone (born September 16, 1925, granddaughter of Firestone Tires founder Harvey Firestone) on June 21, 1947
ChildrenMartha Parke "Muffy" Ford Morse (born 1948)
Sheila Firestone Hamp (born 1951) Active in Ford Corporate Charities
William Clay Ford, Jr. (born 1957) - Executive Chairman of Ford Motors
Elizabeth Hudson Ford Kontulis (born 1961)

William Clay Ford, Sr. (born March 14, 1925) is one of four children of Edsel Ford and last living grandchild of Henry Ford.


Ford was U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II. He married Martha Firestone, the granddaughter of Harvey Firestone and Idabelle Smith Firestone on 21 June 1947. They have four children - Martha, Sheila, Elizabeth, and William Clay Ford, Jr. Ford received a BS in Economics from Yale University in 1949[1] and was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

He worked for the Ford Motor Company and was briefly head of the Continental Division. This division was short lived, and was merged with Lincoln shortly before Ford's public stock offering. He updated the Continental that his father had created, and in 1955 the Continental Mark II was released. It is said there were only 2 pictures on the wall in his office at Ford HQ, his father's Continental, and his updated Mark II[2]

In 1963, Ford purchased a controlling interest in the Detroit Lions of the National Football League from the previous owners D. Lyle Fife and Edwin Anderson for $4.5 million.

He was chairman of the most important of the directors' committees, the Finance Committee.[3] He sat on the Ford Board of Directors for 57 years, retiring on May 12, 2005.[4] His son, William Clay, Jr. was serving as Ford's CEO at the time.

According to the Forbes 400, he was the 283rd richest man in America, with a net worth of over $1.2 billion, as of 2012.[5]

See also


  1. "#283 William Clay Ford Sr". Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  2. Lacey, Robert, Ford, The Men and the Machine, 1986, Boston, Little Brown And Company. pp. 462-463.
  3. Lacey, Robert, Ford, The Men and the Machine, 1986, Boston, Little Brown And Company. pp. 642
  4. Ford Motor Company Information - Ford
  5. Forbes.

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