Leonard Wilf

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Leonard Wilf
Born Leonard A. Wilf
1947 (age 70–71)
Göggingen, Germany
Residence New York City, New York, US
Nationality American
Alma mater
Occupation
Net worth US$5 billion (Wilf family, 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Marcia Robbins-Wilf
Beth Zilf
Children 4, including Orin Wilf
Parent(s) Harry and Judith Wilf
Relatives

Leonard A. Wilf (born 1947) is an American businessman, the president of Garden Homes, the co-owner and vice chairman of the Minnesota Vikings football team,[2] and co-owner of the Nashville MLS team.

Early life[edit]

Leonard Wilf was born in Göggingen, Germany, the son of Holocaust survivors Harry Wilf and Judith Wilf (died 2006).[3][4] From the age of nine, he grew up in New Jersey.[3] Wilf earned a B.A. degree from Boston University, a J.D. degree from Georgetown University, and an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University.[5]

Wilf grew up in Hillside, New Jersey in a home adjoining that of his cousin Zygi.[6]

Career[edit]

Wilf is president of the family-owned real estate development company, Garden Homes.[2]

With his cousins, brothers Zygi and Mark Wilf, he co-owns the Minnesota Vikings football team.[5] In August 2017, Wilf and his cousins became co-owners of the Nashville MLS team alongside lead investor John Ingram.[7] In 2015, the Wilf family had an estimated net worth of $5 billion.[1]

Philanthropy[edit]

Wilf is chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV), and has been on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Wilf was married to the educator and philanthropist Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf.[8] She is the daughter of Saul Robbins, the co-founder of the Remco toy company, and his wife Ruth.[9][10] Their divorce negotiations took 12 years, with $20 million in fees for lawyers and accountants.[8] According to Wilf, "I was divorced, married and had a baby all in one week."[8]

Wilf and his wife Beth have four children and live in New York City.[5] He is a member of Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, and a keen golfer.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "50 Wealthiest New Jerseyans - InsuranceNewsNet". insurancenewsnet.com. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Leonard A. Wilf". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Leonard A. Wilf". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths WILF, JUDITH". 2 July 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ a b c "Minnesota Vikings: Leonard Wilf". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ Craig, Mark via Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Vikings owners have a legacy of resilience", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 31, 2015. Accessed December 27, 2017. "Once upon a time, Wellington Mara’s New York Giants were almost all that mattered to young Zygi and Lenny, who still hasn’t thrown out his eighth grade Riddell football helmet. Zygi played competitive tennis but was a backyard football enthusiast as he and Lenny grew up practically as brothers in adjoining homes in Hillside, N.J."
  7. ^ Garrison, Joey (August 8, 2017). "Wilf family, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, joins Nashville's MLS ownership group". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "Big Bad Wilf: Did Zygi's Stardust Take It All Too Far?". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Saul Robbins's Obituary on The Star-Ledger". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths ROBBINS, SAUL". 16 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2017 – via NYTimes.com.