Carlos GhosnLove him or hate him, former President Bill Clinton was very good at surrounding himself with smart, savvy people. Maybe Bill Ford is taking a page from his book.

Recently, it was reported that both GM and Ford had unsuccessfully attempted to woo DaimlerChrysler boss Dieter Zetsche. It seems Zetsche wasn't the only golden boy courted by Ford.

Ghosn, who led Nissan into the black after it bled red for years, evidently turned down an offer from Ford (for the second time — Ford also courted him in 2002 after ousting Jacques Nasser) because the Ford family holds 40 percent of the voting shares and could interfere a little too much with his job.