The Wilf business empire

  • Updated: August 22, 2013 - 8:36 PM

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Met today with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf at the Capitol to try to reach a stadium agreement. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com

A lawsuit in a New Jersey court could offer the clearest view of Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s holdings. Estimates of Wilf’s net worth and the value of his family’s residential and commercial real estate company have been sketchy because of the private nature of the family’s Garden Homes and Garden Commercial Properties businesses. According to the company’s websites:

Garden Homes has built more than 25,000 homes in the past 40 years, and offers apartment rentals in Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Garden Commercial Properties owns and manages more than 25 million square feet of retail and commercial space, which according to the company’s website ranks in the top 20 in the United States.

Other estimates

Sports Illustrated magazine in 2011 estimated Zygi Wilf’s net worth at $310 million, 27th among 32 NFL team owners, not including the value of the team.

Forbes magazine this year calculated the <URL destination="http://www.forbes.com/nfl-valuations/list/">value of <PARAGRAPH style="Text_Body">NFL teams and put the value of

Celebrity Net Worth, a gossip website, valued Zygi Wilf’s total net worth at $1.3 billion. The publications and websites generally don’t disclose how they determined those numbers.

Zygi Wilf is also a movie buff, having co-funded several movies with his cousin, film producer Jonathan Schwartz. The movie site Fandango lists Wilf as executive producer on “Nobody Walks’’ (2012), “Smashed’’ (2012), “Like Crazy’’ (2011), “Douchebag’’ (2010) and “Spooner’’ (2008).

PATRICK KENNEDY

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