Mark Wilf

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Mark Wilf
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Nationality United States
Education B.A. from Princeton University
J.D New York University School of Law
Occupation Real estate developer
Known for co-owner of Minnesota Vikings
Spouse(s) Jane E. Frieder
Children 4
Parent(s) Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf
Family Zygi Wilf (brother)

Mark Wilf is the current President and co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings.

Biography[edit]

Born to a Jewish family, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, who were both Holocaust survivors from Nazi occupied Poland.[1] Mark's father, Joseph Wilf (1925-2016), was the first North American Chair of the March of the Living, which dedicated the 2017 March of the Living to his memory.[2]

Students marching in Auschwitz participating in the 2017 March of the Living honoring Joseph Wilf, April 24, 2017 (Yossi Zeliger Photo)

[3] Mark has one brother, Zygi Wilf.[4] The Wilf family immigrated to the United States from Europe in the early 1950s and settled in Hillside, New Jersey. After a brief stint as used car salesmen, Joseph and his brother Harry Wilf began purchasing apartment buildings and renting units. Eventually, the brothers began building single-family homes and founded Garden Homes.[5] A successful real estate developer, his two main family-run businesses, Garden Homes and Garden Commercial Properties, have constructed some 25,000 homes in 39 states across the country since their initial ventures; the two entities and their affiliates own and manage 25,000,000 square feet (2,300,000 m2) in retail and business property.[6]

Wilf received a B.A. from Princeton University and then a J.D from the New York University School of Law.[7] After graduation, Wilf joined the family real estate business, Garden Homes. In 2005, Wilf and his brother Zygi Wilf, took control of the Minnesota Vikings with advisement on the deal coming from international law firm Greenberg Traurig and now-Vikings COO Kevin Warren.[8][9] Wilf was appointed president and his brother Zygi, CEO. As president, Wilf manages the day-to-day operations of the team and directs all its business departments.[7]

Philanthropy[edit]

Wilf is a major donor to the Jewish community including Yad Vashem and the Holocaust memorial museum in Israel. Wilf served as National Campaign Chairman for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and is currently vice chair of their board of trustees. He was also appointed by the JFNA to lead a new initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States. He serves as a Trustee of Yeshiva University.[10] He also serves on the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Wilf married Jane E. Frieder in a Jewish ceremony in Philadelphia;[12] they have four children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Brandt (2005-05-25). "NFL owners approve Vikings sale to Wilf". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  2. ^ Young, Lindsey. "2017 'March of the Living' Honors Memory of Joseph Wilf". Vikings.com. Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Miller, Chris (3 August 2016). "Joseph Wilf, father of Vikings owners, dies at age 91". Star Tribune. 
  4. ^ The Observer: "The Broken Moral Compass of Vikings Owners Mark and Zygi Wilf - NJ developers 'cheated' their partners for two decades – now Minnesotans witness the brothers' shape-shifting principles" By Michael Craig September 17, 2014
  5. ^ "Garden Homes". gardenhomes.com. 
  6. ^ G.R. Anderson, Jr., Eye of the Beholder, City Pages, January 3, 2007.
  7. ^ a b MINNESOTA VIKINGS MISSION STATEMENT retrieved September 19, 2015
  8. ^ "Kevin F. Warren: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  9. ^ Spanberg, Erik (2012-04-30). "NFL owners approve Vikings sale to Wilf". SportsBusiness Daily. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Yeshiva University Trustees". Yeshiva University. 
  11. ^ "Board of Trust: Members". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ New York Times: "Jane E. Frieder Weds Mark Wilf" October 29, 1990