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Gerald Ford is a billionaire?

Update: (Heh) Not so much a billionaire - it's not the same Gerald Ford listed on Forbes as ran the country for a while. Close-reading makes winners, kids. Read on for basic Ford trivia, tho...

If this Forbes report is correct then two years after having a stroke, Gerald Ford's personal stake in Golden State Bancorp after its sale to Citigroup left him with a net worth in excess of $1 billion US. One bill-ll-lli-on dollars. Yowza. That's a whole lot o' grass for the farm boy from Grand Rapids.

He's a pretty interesting guy. My favorite Ford fact is the he is very, very likely to be the only person ever to attain the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency without having been elected to either office.

Things I also didn't know about him: he received offers to play professional football for the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Makes those old, old SNL skits look much funnier. *duh*

Did you know that President Ford is the last living member of the Warren Commission?

This campaign photo of his cracks me up. It's pretty stagey - Ford campaigning with farmers but look at those shoes! Porcelain, bone white. Did aides put 'em on while he stood at the tractor?
posted at January 26, 2006, 10:38 AM


  • At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Per the linked to Forbes article, it'd seem this is a different Gerald Ford than the former President. It lists his age as 60 rather than 90+ and has him graduating from Southern Methodist rather than UMichigan.

  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Chris Wetherell said…

    Ah, you're right. Will correct post.


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