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Continued: Tevlin: The billionaire's burden – crying Wilf

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 2, 2013 - 6:44 PM

“When the court decided to not keep the Wilfs’ net worth under seal, that was a few days before the [Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority] report on the Wilfs’ finances,” Craig said. “I assumed the court’s decision would be mooted by the MSFA report. But despite being a public body and the professed interest in ‘transparency’, it merely concluded the owners could meet their obligations.”

Seriously, trust us.

What perhaps surprises me the most is the Wilfs’ tin ear for public relations. They either don’t understand that good Minnesotans don’t think too much of billionaires complaining of their lot in life, or they don’t care.

The Wilfs showed that back in 2011 when they bought a $19 million townhouse on Park Avenue at the same time they were asking for public money. That purchase nearly equaled the most money ever sought for a house in Minnesota, a mansion owned by the Pillsbury family.

And the Wilfs showed the same tin ear when they whined about how unfair the world is for the folks with the dough.

For decades, they sought privacy. Fair enough. Privacy granted, in my book.

Then they bought an NFL team. And then they asked the taxpayers for a half-billion dollars.

I think they call that a game-changer.

 

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702

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