Gina Sasso (born March 13, 1963) is the ex-wife of Thomas Mikal Ford, an American businesswoman and entrepreneur who has also worked as a business manager and marketing executive.
The talented Gina Sasso is currently the president of Prime Sports Marketing LLC., a sports management agency she founded in 2018, however, for all her career accomplishments, Gina Sasso generally caught the attention of the public as the ex-wife of Tommy Ford, who is best known for his roles as Thomas “Tommy” Strawn in the FOX sitcom Martin. Read on to find out what we know about the woman he spent more than a decade being married to.
Gina Sasso was Born in Jamaica
Several sources believe that Gina Sasso was born in Miami, Florida, United States, because she spent most of her early life there. However, we have a reason to believe that the savvy businesswoman was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved to the US with her parents shortly after she was born.
Her birth name is Gina Marie Sasso, and she was born on March 13, 1963. Gina Sasso’s birthplace status allows her to identify as Jamaican but having lived virtually all her life in the United States, the former celebrity wife can also be considered an American citizen, and she proudly identifies as one.
Sasso’s ancestral heritage is a mix of varying cultures and ethnicities. Her Jamaican roots come from her Jamaican parents, of whom very little is known. She also has a blend of Chinese and Portuguese origins, a situation that explains her unique facial features and mannerisms.
After her family moved to the United States, they settled in Miami, Florida, and this move gave Gina the privilege of receiving her high school diploma from Miami Sunset High School. However, there are certain aspects of Gina Sasso’s childhood, including whether she was the only child of her parents and whether she engaged in any extracurricular school activities while in high school, which the media and the public know very little about.
Realistically, prior to and beyond her high school years, there is not much information regarding the entrepreneur’s formal education background, even though everything about her life and career suggests that she must have acquired, at the very least, a bachelor’s degree at some point in the years that followed high school.
Gina Sasso and Thomas Mikal Ford Met In Los Angeles
To most people outside of her close friends, family members, business associates, and clients, Gina Sasso was just another American woman, and beyond admiring her beautiful physique, few people would have seriously bothered giving her a second look.
However, the public and the media took an active interest in the former celebrity wife when it was revealed that she was in a relationship with an African American actor. The actor in question was the late Thomas Mikal Ford. Best known as Tommy Ford to his close pals, family, fans, and colleagues in the movie industry, Gina Sasso’s deceased ex-husband enjoyed more than three decades in Hollywood.
During that time, he was able to garner more than 30 acting credits to his name, most notably as Thomas “Tommy” Strawn in Martin (1992-1997), Lt. Malcolm Baker in New York Undercover (1998-1999), Mel Parker in The Parkers (1999-2001), and Tommy Smalls in Harlem Nights (1989) among others.
A business trip meant that Gina Sasso had to travel to Los Angeles sometime in 1996, and fate orchestrated things in such a way that her path crossed with the late actor’s. One thing led to another, and they began dating. Roughly one year after they began dating, Tommy Ford popped the question, and Gina agreed to marry him.
Their wedding took place in April 1997 at the Rio Hotel and Resorts, Las Vegas, in front of their friends and family members. At the time, Sasso’s ex-husband was a main cast member of the FOX sitcom Martin, and so most of his co-stars from the show, including the legendary Martin Lawrence, was there to celebrate with the couple. Lawrence was even one of the groomsmen
Gina Sasso Ended Her Marriage To Tommy Ford Because Of Irreconcilable Differences
Gina Sasso and Tommy Ford were married for about 17 years. Their union seemed destined for longevity, but it ultimately ended in a 2014 divorce. The couple issued a statement that essentially confirmed that they were going their separate ways because of irreconcilable differences.
The answer was quite vague, but that was the most the former couple was willing to reveal about why their marriage ended, and no one really knows why they divorced.
Gina Sasso Had Two Children With Her Late Ex-Husband
Long before Gina and Tommy decided they were no longer comfortable as a married couple, they had built a home that included two other individuals in the form of their daughter Madison Ford and son Thomas “TJ” Ford Jr.
Beyond their names, not much is known about them, as their parents seemed to have actively kept them away from the spotlight.
Relationship-wise, nothing suggests that Gina Sasso moved on from her divorce from the late actor, but he dated two other women, including Vanessa Simmon, with whom he had another as-yet-unidentified child, a Brazilian model he dated until his death of a ruptured stomach aneurysm in 2016.
Thomas Mikal Ford’s Ex-wife Now Resides In Miami, Florida
After the end of her marriage to the late Tommy Fore, Gina Sasso essentially disappeared from the media and the public’s eye. We did manage to keep tabs on her, and we can report that the intelligent businesswoman moved from Georgia to Miami, Florida, where she is currently doing very well for herself in the world of sports marketing.
Gina Sasso is currently the president of Prime Sports Marketing LLC., a Miami-based sports marketing consultancy agency that has catered to the marketing needs of various well-known brands like Nike, Puma, Armor, Jordan, PepsiCo., and Nissan. She has also worked with several athletes, chief among which is Usain Bolt.
Before she set up her marketing consultancy outfit in 2018, Gina Sasso worked as a banker with Citibank straight out of college, as well as a sales and marketing personnel at Caribbean Satellite Network. Her endeavors as a marketing executive and an entrepreneur have helped her amass a net worth believed to be in the region of an estimated $500k – $1 million.