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NFL AUTISM GALA IN NEW YORK
Zygi Wilf, owner and chairman of the Minnesota Vikings, arrives for the Autism Speaks Kickoff for a Cure II Benefit Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on March 14, 2007. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Zygmunt "Zygi" Wilf (born April 22, 1950) is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Zygi Wilf was born in Germany on April 22, 1950. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, are both Holocaust survivors from Poland. The Wilf family immigrated to the United States from Europe in the early 1950s and settled in Hillside, New Jersey. After a brief stint as used car salesmen, Joseph and his brother Harry Wilf began purchasing apartment buildings and renting units. Eventually, the brothers began building single-family homes and founded Garden Homes. A successful real estate developer, his two main family-run businesses, Garden Homes and Garden Commercial Properties, have constructed some 25,000 homes in 39 states across the country since 1955; the two entities and their subsidiaries own and manage 25,000,000 square feet (2,300,000 m2) in retail and business property.

Zygi Wilf attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, earning a bachelor's degree in economics, and later graduated from New York Law School in Manhattan. After working as an attorney, Wilf joined the family business and became head of one of the company's subsidiaries, Garden Commercial Properties. Wilf has grown the company from four shopping centers in Northern New Jersey to over a hundred properties, including several large malls. In addition to the commercial properties, the Garden companies also own 30,000 apartment units around the country.

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