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Carl Pohlad

Carl Ray Pohlad (August 23, 1915 – January 5, 2009) was an American financier and the owner of the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise from 1984 (succeeding Calvin Griffith) until his death in 2009.

In 2009, Pohlad had an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion, placing him No. 102 on the annual Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.[1]

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Minnesota sports 3
  • Death 4
  • References 5

Early life and education

Carl Pohlad was born on August 23, 1915 in Des Moines, Iowa, to poor parents of Slovak descent, Mary M. (Sodak) and Michael Pohlad.[2][3] He grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 1934. He attended and played football for Compton Junior College in Southern California for a short time. Bing Crosby saw him play football and recruited him to play for his alma mater, Gonzaga University in Washington. Pohlad attended Gonzaga but dropped out after the football season of his senior year.

Pohlad was drafted in WWII and served from 1943 to 1946. During his service, he fought in Europe, spending time in France, Germany, and Austria. Pohlad was scheduled to participate in the Normandy Invasion (D-Day), but a case of poison oak kept him out of the invasion's early stages. He was wounded in battle, and was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal.

After the war he returned to Iowa, married Mary Eloise O'Rourke Pohlad and later moved to Edina, Minnesota.[4] Eloise died in 2003. They had three sons during their 56-year marriage: James, Robert, and William, who all serve as Executive Board Members of the Minnesota Twins.[5]

Career

Pohlad got his start in the banking business by foreclosing farms during the Great Depression. After the Depression, he began investing in community banks. Over several decades, he built a banking empire. He bought deposits from The Midwest Federal Savings & Loan after its collapse in 1989. In 2002 he sold his bank, Marquette Bank, to Wells Fargo.[6] In 2006 Forbes ranked him tied for the 107th richest person in the United States, with a net worth of $2.6 billion.[7]

Pohlad became president of the Twin City Rapid Transit (the Minneapolis St. Paul bus and streetcar company), saving it from Fred A. Ossanna (who was convicted in 1960 of illegally taking personal profit from the company). Pohlad was also the Vice President of Pohlad Companies, which owns several companies large and small, including Marquette Financial Companies, United Properties, River Road Entertainment, Stanton Group Holdings,[8] Avtex,[9] Arcadia Solutions, KTWN-FM FM (B-96) Radio Station (through Northern Lights Broadcasting, a holding company),[10] and JB Hudson's Jewelers[11] in the Twin Cities, as well as a controlling interest in PepsiAmericas, the second-largest bottling group in the United States.

Minnesota sports

Pohlad purchased the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise in 1984. The Twins won their first World Series in 1987, and a second World Series in 1991. Pohlad claimed he was close to selling the Twins in 1997 to North Carolina businessman Don Beaver, who would have moved the team to the Piedmont Triad area of the state.[12] The defeat of a referendum for a stadium in that area and a lack of interest in a move to Charlotte killed the deal.

In 2001, he offered to sell the team for a reported $150 million to Major League Baseball as part of a contraction plan by the league, in effect eliminating the Twins.[13]

Pohlad also owned a part of the Minnesota Vikings from the mid-1980s to 1991.[14]

Death

Pohlad died of natural causes on January 5, 2009, at the age of 93.[15] His funeral was held at the

Preceded by
Calvin Griffith
1956–1984
Owner of the
Minnesota Twins
1984–2009
Succeeded by
Jim Pohlad
2009-present
  1. ^ Lavietes, Stuart (January 5, 2009). "Carl R. Pohlad, Owner of Minnesota Twins, Dies at 93". New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Twins owner Carl Pohlad dies
  3. ^ "Carl Ray Pohlad (1915 - 2009) - Find A Grave Memorial". findagrave.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Eloise O'Rourke Pohlad (1917 - 2003) - Find A Grave Memorial". findagrave.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Front Office". Minnesota Twins. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "After six-year absence Marquette Bank returns to Edina". Northwestern Financial Review. 1998. 
  7. ^ "#107 Carl Pohlad". Forbes. 
  8. ^ http://www.marquette.com/companies/otherinterests/
  9. ^ "Our Process". avtex.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Minnesota Public Radio (3 October 1997). "MPR: Is North Carolina Ready?". publicradio.org. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.startribune.com/business/37106499.html
  14. ^ "Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad dies". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Obituary". KSTP.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  16. ^ La Velle E. Neal III (2009-01-05). "Family will continue to run Twins".  

References

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