Michael W. Wright

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Mike Wright
Date of birth (1938-06-13) June 13, 1938 (age 78)
Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) Tackle
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career history
As player
19601961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion (1961)

Michael William Wright (born June 13, 1938) is a Minneapolis business executive and former Canadian football player.[1] He has served as chief executive officer of SuperValu (1981–2001) and who currently is a director of Wells Fargo & Company.

He was educated at Saint Mark's Catholic (elementary) School, St. Thomas Academy and later attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a BA degree and later, in 1963, a JD degree. He also played football at the University of Minnesota and in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning the Grey Cup in 1961.[2] After practicing law with the firm of Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, Wright joined SuperValu, Inc., in March 1977 as senior vice president for administration. In 1978 Wright was named chief operating officer and president.

Wright was president of SuperValu until 2001, serving concurrently as chief executive officer from 1981 and chairman of the board of directors from 1982. A recipient of the 1999 Horatio Alger Award, he also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He retired as president and CEO of SuperValu in June 2001 and as chairman in June 2002.

Elected a director of Norwest Corporation in 1991, he served on the bank's board until its merger in 1998 with Wells Fargo, whereupon he became a director of Wells Fargo.

Politically, he has been a member of George W. Bush for President and of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Wright is a member of the boards of Wells Fargo & Company, Canadian Pacific Railway, Cargill, Inc., S.C. Johnson & Son, and Honeywell International, Inc. He is also a trustee of St. Thomas Academy, a former member of the University of Minnesota Law School Board of Visitors (1999–2004), and trustee emeritus of the University of Minnesota Foundation.


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1999). Who's who in Finance and Industry. Marquis Who's Who. ISBN 9780837903347. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Horatio Alger Association Members Information". horatioalger.org. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 

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