Most family dynasties don't last beyond the third generation in the business world. But the Ford family's fifth generation -- the great-great grandchildren of Ford Motor founder Henry Ford -- now are among the ranks of the company, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Five of the founder's great-great grandchildren work for the company, according to the newspaper. The highest-ranking of those is Elena Ford, 47, who has been with the company for 18 years and recently was promoted to vice president of global dealer and consumer experience.
Others are Alessandro Uzielli, 46, head of Ford's global brand entertainment office; Calvin Ford, 29, a zone sales manager in Denver; Henry Ford III, (known as "Sonny"), 33, Calvin Ford's brother and a marketing employee in Irvine, Calif., and Jody Ingle, 32, a designer at Ford's Dearborn design studio.
Nobody from the fifth-generation crew will be running the company in the near future. CEO Alan Mulally has said he will stay with Ford at least through 2014, and Mark Fields was named COO last year, putting him in line to succeed Mulally.
Bill Ford, a great grandson of the founder and chairman of the company, told the Journal that, for his
younger relatives, "there are no guarantees."