|Name:||Henry Ford II|
|Birth Day:||September 4, 1917|
|Death Date:||Sep 29, 1987 (age 70)|
|Birth Place:||Greenfield, United States|
|Height:||in centimeters - N/A|
|Weight:||in kg - N/A|
Ford Motor Company president from 1945 until 1960 and chairman and CEO from 1960 until 1979. He was the grandson of founder Henry Ford.
As per our current Database, Henry Ford II died on Sep 29, 1987 (age 70).
With the net worth of $400 Million, Henry Ford II is the # 1519 richest person on earth all the time follow our database.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He took over the company his grandfather started after coming back from World War II.
Henry Ford II was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Eleanor Clay Ford and Edsel Ford on September 4, 1917. He, brothers Benson and William, and sister Josephine, grew up amid affluence. He graduated from The Hotchkiss School in 1936. He attended Yale University, where he served on the business staff of The Yale Record, the campus humor magazine, but left in 1940 before graduation. During this time, he became a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity.
When his father Edsel, president of Ford, died of cancer in May 1943 (during World War II), Henry Ford II was serving in the Navy and unable to take over the presidency of the family-owned business. The elderly and ailing Henry Ford, company founder, re-assumed the presidency, though mentally inconsistent, suspicious, and no longer fit for the presidency position by most of the Company's directors. But for the previous 20 years, although he had long been without any official executive title, he had always had de facto control over the company; the board and the management had never seriously defied him, and this moment was not different. The directors elected him, and he served until the end of the war. During this period the company began to decline, losing over $10 million a month. The administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a government takeover of the company to ensure continued war production, but the idea never progressed to execution.
Henry Ford II left the Navy in July 1943 and joined the company's management a few weeks later. After two years, he assumed presidency of the business on September 21, 1945. Since it had been assumed that Edsel Ford would continue in his capacity as president of the company for much longer than turned out to be the case, Henry Ford II had received little grooming for the position, and he took over the company during a chaotic period; its European factories had suffered a great deal of damage during the war, and domestic sales were also in decline.
Ford became President and CEO of Ford Motor Company in 1945. In 1956, under his leadership, the company became a publicly traded corporation and dedicated its new world headquarters building. During his term as CEO of Ford, he resided in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. On July 13, 1960, he was additionally elected chairman before resigning as President on November 9, 1960. He would ultimately resign as CEO on October 1, 1979, and as chairman in 1980. His nephew, William Clay Ford, Jr. would later assume these positions after 20 years of non-Ford family management of the company. During this interim, the family’s interests were represented on the board by Henry's younger brother William Clay Ford, Sr., as well as Henry's son Edsel Ford II and his nephew William Clay Ford, Jr.
HF2's management style caused the company's fortunes to fluctuate in more ways than one. For example, he allowed the offering of public stock in 1956, which raised $650 million for the company, but the "experimental car" program instituted during his tenure, the Edsel, cost the company almost half that. Likewise, HF2 hired the creative Lee Iacocca, who was fundamental to the success of the Ford Mustang, in 1964, but fired Iacocca due to personal disputes in 1978 (about the break in their relationship, Iacocca quoted Ford as saying, "Sometimes you just don't like somebody.") Iacocca later retorted, "If a guy is over 25 percent a jerk, he's in trouble. And Henry was 95 percent." He formally retired from all positions at Ford Motor Company on October 1, 1982, upon reaching the company's mandatory retirement age of 65, but remained the ultimate source of authority at Ford until his death in 1987.
During the early 1960s Ford engaged in lengthy negotiations with Enzo Ferrari to buy Ferrari, with a view to expanding Ford's presence in motorsport in general and at the Le Mans 24 Hours in particular. However negotiations collapsed due to disputes regarding control over Ferrari's Scuderia Ferrari racing division. The collapse of the deal led him to inaugurate the Ford GT40 project, intended to end Ferrari's dominance at Le Mans (the Italian marque won the race six consecutive times from 1960 to 1965). After two difficult years in 1964 and 1965, in 1966 GT40s locked out the podium at both the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours before taking the first of four consecutive wins at Le Mans.
In 1973 and 1974, as it became clear that the American car market would begin to favor smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, Ford's then-President Lee Iacocca was highly interested in buying powertrains from Honda Motor Company as a way to minimize the cost of developing a small Ford car for the North American market, such as a modified version of Ford of Europe's Ford Fiesta. The plan was rejected by Henry Ford II, who stated: "No car with my name on the hood is going to have a Jap engine inside." Although, strictly speaking, it was too late for that, as the Ford Motor Company had been selling a Mazda compact pickup truck as the Ford Courier since late 1971, Ford did not like the idea of flagship North American passenger car models moving in that direction. Ford Motor Company did go on to adapt to the era in which Japanese, German, and American participation in a globalized automobile industry became tightly integrated. For example, Ford's relationship with Mazda was well developed even before the end of HF2's period of influence. However, in Iacocca's view, it lagged several years behind GM and Chrysler, due to HF2's unappealable influence, before others led it forward despite his resistance.
Ford died of pneumonia in Detroit at Henry Ford Hospital on September 29, 1987, at age 70. After a private funeral service at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, his remains were cremated and the ashes scattered.
Henry Ford II is portrayed by Tracy Letts in the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari (released under the title "Le Mans '66" in some parts of Europe).
Henry was married three times. Henry's wives were Anne McDonnell, Maria Cristina Vettore, and Kathleen DuRoss. Henry had three children named Edsel II, Charlotte and Anne.
|#2||William Clay Ford Sr.||Brother||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||95||Entrepreneur|
|#5||Edsel Ford||Father||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||126||Entrepreneur|
|#6||Anne McDonnell||Former spouse||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#7||Cristina Ford||Former spouse||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#8||Stewart S. Ford||Grandchildren||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#9||Henry Ford III||Grandchildren||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#12||Elena Ford||Granddaughter||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||N/A||Business|
|#13||Henry Ford||Grandfather||$200 Billion||N/A||83||Entrepreneur|
|#14||Eleanor Clay Ford||Mother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#15||William Clay Ford Jr.||Nephew||$1 Billion||N/A||63||Entrepreneur|
|#16||Edsel Ford II||Son||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Currently, Henry Ford II is 105 years, 9 months and 5 days old. Henry Ford II will celebrate 106th birthday on a Monday 4th of September 2023. Below we countdown to Henry Ford II upcoming birthday.