Harold Ford Jr. a prominent American political figure and financial executive, has had an impressive and diverse career. He is an American financial managing director, pundit, author, and former U.S. Congressman who served from 1997–2007 in the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Democratic Party.
Harold Eugene Ford Jr. was born May 11, 1970, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and is the eldest son of former Representative Harold Ford Sr. and Dorothy Bowles Ford. He has two brothers, Jake and Isaac, as well as two half-siblings, Andrew and Ava, from his father’s second marriage. He went to the Double Tree Elementary School, and then to the St. Albans School for Boys in Washington D.C. In 1992 Ford graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history.
Ford began his political career in 1996 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 26, making him one of the youngest members of Congress at the time. He represented Tennessee’s 9th district for a total of five terms, during which he earned a reputation as a moderate and pro-business Democrat. He was also the last chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.
After leaving Congress in 2007, Ford continued to be involved in public service and politics. He served as a political analyst for various media outlets, including NBC, Meet the Press, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC, providing commentary on national issues and elections. He also wrote a book, More Davids Than Goliaths: A Political Education, published in 2010. In addition to his political pursuits, Harold made a successful transition into the financial industry. He held executive positions at various financial institutions, showcasing his expertise and leadership skills.
Harold worked as Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch, a leading global wealth management and investment banking company, from 2011 to 2015. Following his tenure at Merrill Lynch, he took on the role of Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, another prominent investment banking and financial services firm. On December 1, 2020, he was named Vice Chairman of Corporate and Institutional Banking at PNC Financial Services. In April 2021, Harold joined Fox News as a political contributor.
Harold married Emily Threlkeld, who works in public relations for Carolina Herrera in New York, on April 26, 2008. They have 2 children: a daughter named Georgia Walker, and a son, Harold Eugene III. The family lives in a luxurious apartment in New York City that was purchased in 2007 for a reported $2.2 million. The apartment is situated in Manhattan and offers spectacular views of the city. Harold owns luxurious costly vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Porsche Panamera, and the BMW 7 Series. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. His wealth can be attributed to a combination of his successful political career and his accomplishments in the financial industry.