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Gregg Steinhafel was born in 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His grandfather, a Prussian immigrant, founded Steinhafels Furniture in Milwaukee in 1934. He began working in the store when he was in grade school, performing odd jobs. He graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
In 1979, he was recruited as a merchandising trainee by Target. He has been the company's president since 1999, and has been with the company since 1979. He became Chief Executive Officer in 2008.
He attends Wayzata Community Church.
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