Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    Form 8-K

                                 Current Report
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of
earliest event reported):     November 1, 2002

                            Brown-Forman Corporation
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Delaware                    1-123              61-0243150
(State or other            (Commission         (I.R.S. Employer
 jurisdiction of            File Number)       Identification No.)

 850 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky           40210
(Address of principal executive offices)         (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code (502) 585-1100

Item 5.

On November 1, 2002, Brown-Forman  Corporation issued a press release announcing
the election of Matthew R. Simmons and Ina Brown Bond to the company's  board of
directors,  effective  November 1, 2002.  A copy of  Brown-Forman  Corporation's
press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.

Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                       Brown-Forman Corporation

Date:   November 1, 2002                  By:  /s/ Michael B. Crutcher
                                                Michael B. Crutcher
                                                Senior Vice President,
                                                General Counsel, and Secretary

Exhibit Index
(99)  Press Release, dated November 1, 2002, issued by Brown-Forman Corporation

                                                                   Exhibit 99



Louisville,  KY, November 1, 2002 - Brown-Forman  Corporation Chairman and Chief
Executive  Officer  Owsley Brown II  announced  today the election of Matthew R.
Simmons and Ina Brown Bond to the company's Board of Directors.

Matthew R.  Simmons is the founder,  chairman,  and chief  executive  officer of
Simmons & Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm in
Houston.  Since he helped found it in 1974, Simmons & Company  International has
played a leading role in assisting its energy  clients in executing a wide range
of financial  transactions,  from mergers and acquisitions to private and public
funding.  The  company,  which also has offices in Aberdeen,  Scotland,  employs
approximately  125 people and enjoys a leading role as one of the largest energy
investment banking groups in the world.

Simmons  leads an active life beyond his own company.  He serves on the Board of
Directors of Kerr-McGee  Corporation and is a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts
in Houston and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland,  Maine.  He also serves on
the boards of The Atlantic Council of the U.S., the Initiative for a Competitive
Inner City in Boston, the Associates of Harvard Business School, and is a member
of The Council on Foreign Relations.  He is a graduate of the University of Utah
and the Harvard  Business School.  "Matt Simmons' broad business  experience and
financial acumen will make him a fine addition to our Board," said  Brown-Forman
Chairman Owsley Brown.

Ina Brown Bond, a Brown family member,  serves on the boards of Lenox,  Inc. and
the Glenview Trust Company, and is president of the W.L. Lyons Brown Foundation.
She has long been active in civic  affairs and  currently  serves as chairman of
the  Board of the  Muhammad  Ali  Center  and on the  boards  of the  Waterfront
Development  Corporation,  the Gluck Equine Research  Center,  and  Transylvania
University.  Bond  previously  was chairman of the  American Red Cross  National
Convention  (1997),  the Louisville  Chapter of the American Red Cross,  and the
1988  Louisville  Metro United Way  Campaign.  In the past she has served on the
boards of Citizens Fidelity Bank, PNC Bank of Kentucky,  and Bellarmine College,
among  others.  Bond  owns  River  Bend  Farm,  Inc.,  a  thoroughbred  breeding
operation, and Ashbourne Farms, LLC, a shorthorn cattle farm. Bond is a graduate
of the University of Colorado.  In announcing  her election to the  Brown-Forman
Board, Mr. Brown stated, "Ina Bond is a true leader in the Louisville community,
and we all welcome her presence on our Board."

The election of Simmons and Bond, effective November 1, 2002, increases the size
of Brown-Forman's Board of Directors to twelve from ten.

Brown-Forman  Corporation is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality
consumer  products,  including Jack Daniel's,  Canadian Mist,  Southern Comfort,
Fetzer and Bolla Wines, Korbel California  Champagnes,  Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham
tableware and giftware, and Hartmann Luggage.