Michael W. Ferro Jr. was born in 1966 and briefly
lived in Merrick, New York. Merrick Ventures is the
name of the private equity firm Mr. Ferro founded.
However, Michael W. Ferro Jr. spent the majority of
his childhood in Illinois and attended the University
Michael W. Ferro Jr. founded Click Commerce in 1994
at the age of 28.
Click Commerce provided customers with business
application software and related services.
Michael W. Ferro received significant praise and press
from various media publications for his work at Click
Commerce. He was named to the Forbes “Tech’s 100
Highest Roller” list.
In 2006, Mr. Ferro sold the company to Illinois Tool
Works for $292 million in cash.
Michael W. Ferro Jr.’s training is in software architecture,
and he took a hands-on approach to running Merge
Healthcare after being named Chairman.
Under Ferro’s leadership, Merge Healthcare turned
things around and was targeted by IBM for its medical
imaging software and patent portfolio. IBM would later
buy the company.
As a software architect, Michael W. Ferro Jr. was able to
develop AI medical imaging technology that would help
health care providers make more informed decisions on
Michael W. Ferro Jr. co-produced the universally-
acclaimed documentary, Life Itself, alongside Martin
Scorsese and Steve Zaillian.
The documentary focused on famed Chicago Sun-
Times movie critic Roger Ebert and his career and
courageous battle fighting cancer of the thyroid and
Life Itself was shortlisted for an Academy Award
nomination and currently has a 87 out of 100
Michael W. Ferro Jr. was named the Chairman of
the Sports Advisory Council in 2006.
The Sports Advisory Council was organized by
Mayor Richard M. Daley, and it consisted of a
board of corporate citizens that led the Chicago
bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As Chairman, Mr. Ferro and his wife, Jacky, were
heavily involved in fundraising. For one event
alone that they co-chaired, they were able to
raise $12 million dollars for the Summer Olympics