American industrialist Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, appears exactly where you might expect him in the 1940 US census
, living with his wife, Clara, and three live-in servants, at their Fair Lawn estate in Dearborn, Michigan. Henry and Clara Ford were the first ones visited by the census enumerator in their district, who recorded the value of their estate as $200,000 and Henry's occupation as "automobile manufacturer."1
A zero was entered for the amount of wages earned during the year 1939, but this is not because Henry Ford had no income, but because he was president of his own company and worked for "business profits," and not for "money wages or salary."2
1. 1940 U.S. Census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Dearborn, enumeration district (ED) 82-12, page 291 (stamped), sheet 1A, Henry Ford household; digital images, Archives.com (http://1940census.archives.com : accessed 3 April 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1825.