With a decade of ownership of the franchise behind him, Mark Wilf enters his 11th season as Vikings Owner/President in 2015. He plays a key role in the development of the business aspects of the club and in organizing the leadership of the franchise to mirror the proven family model that the Wilf family has implemented in other successful ventures. As President, Mark manages day-to-day operations and directs all business departments of the Vikings. He also plays a leadership role in the stadium development process.
Since taking ownership of the Vikings in 2005, Mark and his brother Zygi have focused on three primary areas: providing the best game day experience possible for Vikings fans, enhancing the civic and business involvement of the franchise, and bringing a championship to Minnesota. Under the Wilfs’ direction, the Vikings have made strides in all facets, including establishing what will be one of the best game day experiences in the NFL following the construction of a state-of-the art multi-use stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The stadium, which gained state approval in May 2012, is set to open in 2016 and will give Vikings fans a premier venue while continuing the Vikings proud tradition of home-field advantage.
As the largest construction project in state history, the new stadium will also create thousands of jobs and have a significant economic impact on the region, both during construction and as a multi-use facility capable of hosting more events than any stadium in the country.
Wilf served as Honorary Co-Chair of the Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee and led conversations with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL owners that resulted in Minnesota being named host of Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. Minnesota will host the event for the 2nd time, the previous being Super Bowl XXVI on January 26, 1992, and Wilf will continue to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.
The Wilfs also understand the Vikings have been a valuable piece of the fabric of life in the region since 1961 and have taken pride in building on the team’s strong tradition of community involvement. An NFL franchise is a valuable commodity to a community and both Mark and Zygi recognize and embrace that role as civic leaders. Their stewardship has led to significant increases in annual donations from the Vikings Children’s Fund and multiple new community and business initiatives, like the Vikings Annual Playground Build and the team’s Summer Lunch Program.
Advocating generous philanthropy and advancing causes with special meaning is standard practice for the Wilfs. As a longtime supporter of the Jewish community, Mark and his family are among the largest financial supporters of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum in Israel. Mark has previously served as the National Campaign Chairman for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and is currently vice chair of their board of trustees. Most recently, he was appointed by JFNA to lead a new initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
Throughout their professional lives, the Wilfs have worked tirelessly to treat everyone associated with their businesses as members of the family. That structure has led to national prominence in their business ventures with Garden Homes Development, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial and private residential development, and has spilled over into their ownership of the Vikings. As lifelong fans of the NFL, Mark brings a deep passion and desire to win a championship with the entire organization and Vikings fans.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where he served as the radio voice of Princeton Tigers football and basketball. He later graduated from the New York University School of Law before becoming a principal in the family business. Mark currently serves on several boards, including the NYU School of Law and Princeton Varsity Club. He is also a member of the NFL’s Business Ventures Committee. He and his wife Jane, who is also heavily involved in philanthropic activities, have four children.