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?