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Family Loyalty Anchors Ford in Risky Times

They met in late January at a nondescript conference center near the Ford Motor Company’s headquarters, just as they have every three months for the last 20 years.
They met in late January at a nondescript conference center near the Ford Motor Company’s headquarters, just as they have every three months for the last 20 years. Yet this meeting was hardly routine for the dozens of descendants of Henry Ford, who are the controlling shareholders of the nation’s second-largest auto company. The American auto industry was on the verge of collapse. The federal government was funneling aid to General Motors and Chrysler to keep them from going bankrupt — and possibly dragging Ford down with them. The value of the family’s 70.9 million special-voting shares had hit a new low that month, dwindling to about $140 million from $2.2 billion a decade earlier, and the company was burning through its cash reserves. During the meeting, family members fired question after question about Ford’s shaky finances at the company’s chief executive, Alan R. Mulally. For the Ford family, it was a gut-check moment — the kind that has led to splits in other famous business families, like the Bancrofts who owned Dow Jones until they sold it to the News Corporation of Rupert Murdoch.
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Ford is still losing money — $1.4 billion cleaning wood floors with vinegar in the first quarter alone — and its cash work on cruise ships kenmore air cleaner reserves omaha steaks reviews are shrinking as auto sales printable raffle tickets have dried up for the thai food franchise entire tourism germany vans warp tour bus ticket creosote cleaner circuit board cleaner industry. 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