How Henry Ford's Family Still Controls Ford

It has been a public company since the 1950s, but Ford (NYSE: F  ) is unique among Detroit automakers in that it's still a family business. Chairman Bill Ford is founder Henry Ford's great-grandson, and in recent years he has done an excellent job of setting the company's overall direction.

But many Ford fans and investors don't know that Bill Ford is backed by a very powerful force -- the rest of the Ford family, which to this day still has control thanks to a special class of stock created when Ford first went public.

In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear explains how the special Ford shares give the Ford family a huge voice in how the automaker is run -- and whether that's a good thing for the rest of Ford's shareholders.

China is already the world's largest auto market -- and it's set to grow even bigger in coming years. A recent Motley Fool report, "2 Automakers to Buy for a Surging Chinese Market," names two global giants poised to reap big gains that could drive big rewards for investors. You can read this report right now for free -- just click here for instant access.


Read/Post Comments (2) | Recommend This Article (9)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

  • Report this Comment On July 20, 2013, at 6:54 PM, michaelbinCA wrote:

    The Great American, Henry Ford I.

  • Report this Comment On July 21, 2013, at 7:50 AM, lm1b2 wrote:

    Henry Ford is responsible for all the blacks in Detroit,He brought them there to Bust the Unions when they were organizing. So his Family is responsible for these people,and yet they have done nothing for the people of Detroit,except move their Manufacturing Plants out! Let the Ford Family help the people of Detroit LOL!

Add your comment.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2547281, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 9/17/2014 5:57:43 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated 8 hours ago Sponsored by:
DOW 17,131.97 100.83 0.59%
S&P 500 1,998.98 14.85 0.75%
NASD 4,552.76 33.86 0.75%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/16/2014 4:00 PM
F $16.52 Up +0.05 +0.30%
Ford CAPS Rating: ****
GM $33.71 Up +0.08 +0.24%
General Motors CAPS Rating: **

Advertisement