Henry Ford's Will

Muller, Joann
February 2006
Forbes Asia;2/27/2006, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p24
The article discusses the impact of the Ford family's supervoting rights on the financial success of Ford Motor Co. The Ford family owns an estimated 5 percent of Ford shares but controls 40 percent of the company through a special class of voting stock. According to a study, a company with 40 percent insider control like Ford generates a 15 percent lower return than a similar company without dual shares. Founder Henry Ford's tax-avoidance strategy in 1936 established the firm's dual-class structure.


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