Martha Ford to take over Detroit Lions ownership
William Clay Ford's widow, Martha Ford, will take control of the Detroit Lions, a team her husband purchased 50 years ago. She will have controlling interest in the football team, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Pressreports.
Ford, the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 88.
Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford's controlling interest in the Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford. She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford's tenure.
Bill Ford Jr., the son of William and Martha, will continue to hold his position as Lion's Vice Chairman.
Martha Ford is the grandchild of Harvey Firestone, of Firestone Tire. The couple married in 1947, and Ford's inheritance of the team ensures that it will remain in the Ford family. Martha Ford is not expected to be involved heavily in the team's day to day activities.
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