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Gerald Rudolph Ford was born on the 14th July 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska USA, and was a politician from the Republican Party, the 38th President of the USA, having previously been the 40th Vice President of the USA from 1973 to 1974 under the Presidency of Richard Nixon, who he succeeded when the latter resigned. He passed away in 2006.

How rich was the former President of the USA? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the outright size of Gerald Ford net worth was as much as $7 million, converted to the present day. Politics was the main source of Ford’s net worth.

Gerald Ford Net Worth $7 Million

To begin with, Ford grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Leslie Lynch King Sr. and Dorothy Ayer Gardner, but took the name of his step-father. He was a good football player at the University of Michigan, when the team had two undefeated seasons, and Ford was chosen as the most valuable player In 1934. Then, he earned a degree in Law at Yale University. During World War II he served as the aircraft carrier and was involved in fighting at Saipan and the Philippines and other south-west Pacific battle. In 1944, he was almost killed when his ship was hit by a hurricane. In 1946, he left the service as a lieutenant-commander.

Ford briefly joined a law firm, but became interested in politics, and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1949, subsequently serving Michigan’s 5th District from 1949 to 1973. As a congressman, he was the most active member of the Warren Commission which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy. From 1965 to 1973, he was the leader of the Republicans, becoming a declared opponent of Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Ford was Republican leader in the House of Representatives when he succeeded the Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, who resigned due to corruption. Ford’s appointment was approved quickly – he took the oath at a simple ceremony in the House of Representatives. As Vice President Ford defended Nixon as long as possible during the Watergate scandal, but eventually he had to recognize that the position of the president had become untenable. Ford became the President in the summer of 1974 after the resignation of Nixon because of Watergate, shortly after which Ford granted Nixon a pardon, a decision taken very badly by a large portion of the American people.

During Ford’s tenure as President of the USA, he had to deal with economic problems. After he was almost defeated in the election of the Republican presidential candidate by later President Ronald Reagan, he was surpassed by his Democratic opponent Jimmy Carter.

Subsequently, from 1980 Ford served as a presidential advisor in the area of foreign policy. He was later one of the few Republicans against impeachment of the Democratic President Bill Clinton. Ford became good friends with Jimmy Carter. Afterwards, Ford was struggling with his health. In 2000, he was twice hit by a mild stroke. Later, he was hospitalized three times.

Finally, in the personal life of the former President, Gerald married Betty Ford in 1948, at the Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. Four children came from the marriage: the pastoral counsellor Michael Gerald Ford, the journalist and PR consultant John Gardner, the actor Steven Meigs Ford and the photographer Susan Elizabeth Ford Vance Bales. On the 26th December 2006, Gerald Ford died in Rancho Mirage, California, and there were six days of national mourning in the USA.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 14, 1913 Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Death date: December 26, 2006 (aged 93) Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Height:6' (1.83 m)
Profession:Politician, Republican, House of Representatives (1949-73), House Minority Leader (1965-73), 38th President of the United States (1974-1977), 40th Vice President of the United States (eight months (eight months), following resignation of Spiro Agnew)
Education:University of Michigan, University of Michigan Law School, Yale Law School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Elizabeth Bloomer Warren (m. 1948–2006)
Children:Michael Gerald, John Gardner, Steven Meigs, Susan Elizabeth
Parents:University of Michigan Law School, Yale Law School
Awards:American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9 campaign stars), Philippine Liberation Medal, World War II Victory Medal
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Inducted into the Grand Rapids [Michigan] Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
2Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
3Inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 1978 (inaugural class).
4He and his wife were visited by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at their home in Rancho Mirage, California. This was the first time Ford had been seen in public since he was hospitalized with pneumonia in January. [April 2006]
5Hospitalized with a severe case of pneumonia. [January 2006]
6Was a male model for John Robert Powers' agency. Ford's modeling career was brief and strictly part time. Highlights included his appearance in a 21-picture Stowe, Vermont ski resort feature in Look Magazine in 1940. Later, in his Navy uniform, he appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 1942. Both times were with famed model Phyllis Brown.
7Co-owner of Conover Model Agency in 1939 with Harry Conover. He met Conover when they were both models at John Robert Powers' agency. When Conover left Powers to start his own model agency, Ford was persuaded by Phyllis Brown to invest $1,000 in Conover's new venture and become his silent business partner. The Conover Model Agency became one of the country's most successful model agencies, grossing millions a year.
8Was the last surviving member of the Warren Commission.
9As of 2008, he is the only President who has held that office and Vice President not only without being elected for either office, but without campaigning for them either. He ascended to those offices through the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon.
10In 1984, it was reported that he was the wealthiest living president, with a net worth between $6 million and $7 million.
11Pictured on a USA 41¢ memorial stamp issued on Saturday, August 31st, 2007.
12Made an appearance on the game show "What's My Line?" in 1969 when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
13Honorary chairman of the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame from its founding in 1994 until his death.
14He was a close friend and golfing partner of Bob Hope.
15He became the longest-living U.S. President, at 34,133 days, total. Ronald Reagan lived 34,088 days. Gerald Ford outlived Ronald Reagan, by only 45 days.
16Held the record for having the most assassination attempts made on him while serving as President. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme made an attempt on 5 September 1975 and Sara Jane Moore made another attempt on 22 September 1975. Ford escaped without injury both times.
17Father of Susan Ford and Steven Ford.
18Hospitalized with shortness of breath in July 2006.
19His wife, Betty Ford, founded The Betty Ford Clinic for alcohol & drug rehabilitation.
20His wife, Betty Ford, suffered from alcoholism.
21Was a member of the Warren Commission.
22In Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill's memoir, "Man of the House", Ford confided to O'Neill that he was considering running for President in 1980.
23He was a close friend of Jimmy Carter despite their quite different political ideologies and the fact Carter defeated him in the 1976 presidential election.
24Is the only person to date who has served as Vice President and President without having been elected to either office. He took each office after the respective resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon.
25After the death of Ronald Reagan, he became the oldest living former President. Ronald Reagan's lifetime, in days alone, was 34,088 days, while Gerald Ford's lifetime, in days, alone was 34,133 days. Gerald Ford lived only 45 days more than Ronald Reagan.
26Ford was the only United States President who had been adopted as a child.
27Although Ford was not an All-American football player at the University of Michigan, his jersey number (48) was retired in a stadium ceremony 8 October 1994.
28May 18, 2003, he was admitted to hospital after suffering dizzy spells during a golf game he played in ninety-six degree Fahrenheit heat in Rancho Mirage, California.
29August 2, 2000, he was admitted to hospital after suffering two mild strokes at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
30As of 14 July 2003 he was one of only four U.S. Presidents to live into his nineties. The other three were John Adams (1735-1826), Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), and Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
31Portrayed on Saturday Night Live (1975) by Chevy Chase.
32Ford was left-handed only when sitting down. Although he signed all official documents with his left hand, he was photographed writing on a chalkboard and throwing a softball with his right hand, both while standing.
33He was an avid golfer.
34Graduated from the University of Michigan and Yale University Law School.
35Ford was born Leslie Lynch King Jr., but his parents separated two weeks after his birth. His mother remarried when Ford was two, and his name was changed to that of his stepfather, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. Ford did not know until he was seventeen years old that his stepfather was not his biological father.
36Served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two.
37Earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1927.
38His children and their birth-dates: Michael Gerald, born on Tuesday, March 14th, 1950. John Gardner was born on Sunday, March 16th, 1952. Steven Meigs was born on Saturday, May 19th, 1956 and Susan Elizabeth, was born on Saturday, July 6th, 1957.
39Played football while in college, and, after graduation, was offered positions with both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. He declined each in favor of coaching boxing and football at Yale University.
40On two separate trips to California in September of 1975, Ford was the target of assassination attempts. Both of the assailants were women of 'Charles Manson (I)''s group of criminals, they were Lynette Fromme and Sara Jane Moore.
41Ford pardoned U.S. President Nixon for Nixon's involvement in Watergate, which was largely unpopular with the U.S. public. Many believe the pardon cost Ford the 1976 U.S. Presidential election, but Ford maintained that it was the right thing to do for the good of the country. In 2001, Senator Ted Kennedy, a staunch critic of the pardon in 1974, admitted that it had been the right decision for the country.
42In 1963, U.S. President Johnson appointed Ford to the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of U.S. President Kennedy. Ford was the longest lived member of that Commission.
43Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949-1973.
44Ford was sworn in as Vice President on 6 December 1973, after the resignation of then-Vice President Spiro Agnew.
45Chosen as U.S. President Richard Nixon's vice president after the resignation of Spiro Agnew. Later, Ford succeeded Nixon as U.S. President when Nixon resigned from office. Ford is the first person to hold the office of U.S. President without the vote of the people.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Known for occasional stumbles and falls in public while in office


Quotes

#Quote
1I can still remember the first time I ever heard Hubert Humphrey speak. He was in the second hour of a five-minute talk.
2The acceptance of a pardon, according to the legal authorities - and we have checked them out very carefully - does indicate that by the acceptance, the person who has accepted it does, in effect, admit guilt.
3[to the House Judiciary Committee on his pardoning of former President Richard Nixon] The purpose was to change our national focus. I wanted to do all I could to shift our attentions from the pursuit of a fallen president to the pursuit of the urgent needs of a rising nation..to punish a former President who already is condemned to suffer long and deeply in the shame and disgrace brought upon the office he held. Surely we are not a revengeful people.
4I don't think, if I had been president, on the basis of the facts as I saw them publicly, I don't think I would have ordered the Iraq war. I would have maximized our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever, to find another answer. Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do. (2005)
5I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.
6A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from everything you have.
7I know that you have not elected me as President with your votes, but I ask that you confirm me with your prayers.


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Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dynasty1983TV SeriesGerald R. Ford
The Bees1978Politician on float (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Establishing a Just Society (1972-1984)1994TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesHimself
God, Country, Notre Dame: The Story of Father Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C.2005TV Movie documentaryPresident Gerald Ford
The Presidents2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Gerald R. Ford)
Inside the U.S. Secret Service2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (U.S. President 1974-1977)
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHimself
American Experience2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Bob Hope at 1002003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Cold War and Beyond2002DocumentaryHimself (as Pres. Gerald R. Ford)
The West Wing Documentary Special2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Green Dragon2001Himself (1975 speech) (voice, uncredited)
Save Our History2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Vivement dimanche2000TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The American President2000TV Series documentaryGerald Ford
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Les Hommes de la Maison Blanche1998TV Movie documentaryGerald Ford
The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Biography1996-1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story1998TV Movie documentary
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (with Betty) (uncredited)
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - 1974-1977
The Fall of Saigon1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Everyman1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Establishing a Just Society (1972-1984)1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (attends Mexico City conference)
Watergate1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (Vice President)(1994) / Himself - Vice President
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee1992TV SeriesHimself
Nickelodeon Special Edition1992TV Series documentaryHimself - Former President
Investigative Reports1992TV SeriesHimself
Yellow Ribbon Party1991TV SpecialHimself
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1989TV Special documentaryHimself
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1990)
Conversations with the Presidents1988DocumentaryHerself
The Men Who Killed Kennedy1988TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Warren Commission
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1979-1987TV SeriesHimself
Humor & the Presidency1987TV MovieHimself
All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle1986TV MovieHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialHimself
1984 World Series1984TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Vietnam: A Television History1983TV Series documentaryHimself
This Week with David Brinkley1982TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Celebration Opening the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum1981TV MovieHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1981TV SeriesHimself - President Ford
Bob Hope for President1980TV Special
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHimself - Former US President
Peanuts to the Presidency1978DocumentaryHimself
Mickey's 501978DocumentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesHimself
1978 MLB All-Star Game1978TV SpecialHimself - 1st Pitch
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade and Pageant1978TV SpecialHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite All-Around Male Performer
1976 Presidential Debates1976TV SeriesHimself
1976 MLB All-Star Game1976TV SpecialHimself - 1st Pitch
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1975TV Series documentaryHimself
Meet the Press1975TV SeriesHimself
Funny Girl to Funny Lady1975TV Special documentaryHimself - President Ford
Apollo Soyuz1975Documentary shortHimself
Sie nennen ihn Rocky!1974TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entrevista Echeverria-Ford1974Documentary shortHimself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bob Braun Show1967TV SeriesHimself (1967-1984)
Issues and Answers1965TV SeriesHimself
Howard K. Smith1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
An Answer1962Documentary shortHimself - U.S. Representative from Michigan (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 for 302009TV Series documentaryHimself
I Know What I Saw2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Congressman Gerald Ford)
The Shock Doctrine2009DocumentaryHimself
Frost/Nixon: The Nixon Library2009Video documentary shortHimself
Great Planes2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Frost/Nixon2008Himself (uncredited)
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Britain's Closest Encounters2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Run for Your Life2008/IDocumentaryHimself
William F. Buckley: Right from the Start2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Democracy Now!2002-2008TV SeriesHimself
I.O.U.S.A.2008DocumentaryHimself
Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream2007Video documentaryHimself
Oswald's Ghost2007DocumentaryHimself - Warren Commission
Live Free or Die Hard2007Himself (uncredited)
Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews2007VideoHimself
This Is the N2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (In Memory Of)
60 Minutes2007TV Series documentaryHimself - President (segment "Betty Ford")
...So Goes the Nation2006DocumentaryHimself
The U.S. vs. John Lennon2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 22005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Buddy2005DocumentaryHimself
Conspiracy?2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Former President
Saigon Marine2004Documentary shortHimself
Modern Marvels2004TV Series documentaryHimself - President of the USA
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Miracle2004Himself (uncredited)
LSD a Go Go2004Documentary shortHimself (President of the USA)
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Days That Shook the World2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Save Our History2003TV Series documentaryHimself
History's Mysteries: Infamous Murders2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Weather Underground2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Out of the Blue2002Video documentaryHimself (as President Gerald Ford)
The Trials of Henry Kissinger2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Daughter from Danang2002DocumentaryHimself
Air Force One2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Mondo Ford2000Short
Grass1999DocumentaryHimself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Member of the Warren Commision (uncredited)
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cronkite Remembers1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (being interviewed by Cronkite) (uncredited)
Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star1996Video documentaryHimself
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Talking with David Frost1996TV SeriesHimself
Nixon1995Himself - Sworn in as President after Nixon Resignation / Attending Nixon Funeral (uncredited)
Forrest Gump1994Himself - Assassination Attempt (uncredited)
Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy1994DocumentaryHimself (toasts Suharto just before Timor invasion) (uncredited)
Murderers, Mobsters & Madmen Vol. 2: Assassination in the 20th Century1993Video documentaryHimself
One on One: Classic Television Interviews1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy1992DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Portraits of Presidents: Presidents of a World Power (1901-)1992Video documentaryHimself
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHimself - Threatened by Squeaky Fromme, Shot at by Sara Jane Moore
The JFK Conspiracy1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pleiten, Pech und Pannen1992TV SeriesHimself
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself
Eyes on the Prize1990TV Series documentaryHimself - U.S. President
Quantum Leap1989TV SeriesHimself
Reasonable Doubt: The Single-Bullet Theory and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy1988DocumentaryHimself - Member of the Warren Commision (uncredited)
Broken Rainbow1985DocumentaryHimself
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments1984TV SpecialHimself
The War at Home1979DocumentaryHimself - Congressman, Anti-Democrat Speech in Madison (uncredited)
V.I.P.-Schaukel1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Network1976Himself (uncredited)
How to Follow the Campaign1976TV MovieHimself
All the President's Men1976Himself (uncredited)
Barney Miller1975TV SeriesHimself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Weekend World1975TV SeriesHimself
In the Year of the Pig1968DocumentaryHimself - Speech on Economic Success of Vietnam (uncredited)
The Year of the Tiger2016Documentary post-productionHimself (as Gerald R. Ford)
How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
You Vote, They Decide: The Secret Campaigns for President2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
The X-Files2015TV SeriesHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself / Himelf (as President Gerald Ford)
Late Show with David Letterman2015TV SeriesHimself - Inaugural Address
Kill the Messenger2014Himself (uncredited)
Spanish Lake2014DocumentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Warren Commission Member
Last Days in Vietnam2014DocumentaryHimself
The Kennedy Half Century2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Grave of the Zombie Antelope2013Himself
The Butler2013/IHimself (uncredited)
America's Book of Secrets2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
The World According to Dick Cheney2013DocumentaryHimself - President
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Former US President / Himself - Former US Attorney
Reagan2011DocumentaryHimself
This Week2011TV SeriesHimself
Moy otets Evgeniy2010DocumentaryHimself
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Former President of the United States
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu2010DocumentaryHimself
GasHole2010DocumentaryHimself
Secrets of the Secret Service2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

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