The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission hints that Kerkorian might sink more funds into Ford in order to save its money-losing U.S. operations. Kerkorian will also likely be in a position where he feels comfortable suggesting business strategies to get Ford back in the black. That could make him what they call an activist investor, a title Kerkorian's held at Chrysler and GM in the past. So much for those theories that he might remain hands-off.
Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Executive Chairman Bill Ford and Kerkorian just met a couple of days ago to talk about Ford's turnaround plan. Now that Kerkorian owns more of FoMoCo than the Ford family itself who owns just 3%, some might be scared by the quick move Tracinda has made. Never fear for the Ford family, however, as their minor stake is comprised of a special class of stock that gives them 40 percent of the voting power.
[Source: Automotive News, sub req, Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty]