Henry Ford once tried to start a colony in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest called “Fordlandia”, in which the locals were forced to live a midwestern American lifestyle until they rebelled and chased their managers into the forest.
Henry Ford allowed injured laborers to continue work from their hospital beds; screwing nuts on small bolts without getting out of bed. It was optional, but allowed employees to receive their normal salary while hospitalized. Ford believed the work to hasten their recovery.
When Thomas Edison was confined to a wheelchair in the last years of his life, his friend Henry Ford bought one too, so that they could have wheelchair races.
Henry Ford tried to build an American industrialist utopia in the Brazilian jungle, “Fordlandia”, to secure a source of cultivated rubber for his cars.
Henry Ford was an anti-Semite and a Nazi supporter, and used his company, money and influence to spread and legitimize antisemitic views. He blamed every national problem on Jews, from strikes to depressions, and received the “Grand Cross of the German Eagle” from the Nazis in 1938.
Henry Ford once balked at paying $10,000 to General Electric for work done troubleshooting a generator, and asked for an itemized bill. The engineer who performed the work, Charles Steinmetz, sent this: “Making chalk mark on generator, $1. Knowing where to make mark, $9,999.” Ford paid the bill.