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William Morse Davidson, manufacturing executive, professional sports team owner. Named one of America's Most Generous Donors, The New York Times, 1997, Forbes' Richest Americans, 1999—2009, World's Richest People, Forbes magazine, 2001-2009; named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 2008; recipient Honors for Lifelong Philanthropy, Council Michigan Foundations, 1997.


Davidson, William Morse was born on December 5, 1922.


Bachelor of Business Administration, University Michigan, 1947. Juris Doctor, Wayne State University, 1949. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary America, 1996.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Michigan, 2001.


President, Chief Executive Officer Guardian Glass Company, Northville, Michigan, 1957-1968, Guardian Industries Corporation, 1968—2009. Managing partner, part owner Detroit Pistons, 1974—2009. Owner Detroit Shock, 1998—2009, Tampa Bay Lightning, 1999—2008.

Majority owner Palace Sports and Entertainment. Served in United States Navy.


Donated to the establishment of William Davidson Institute, University Michigan School Business Administration, 1992, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, Davidson Institute of Science Education at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 1999. Founder Pistons/Palace Foundation.


Married Karen Davidson. Children from previous marriage: Ethan, Maria.

Karen Davidson