The Pohlad family: Fortunate sons

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2010 - 6:05 AM

Pohlad brothers had a banner year with the debut of Target Field, other successes as they united to lead the family empire.

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annie55441Dec. 26, 10 3:44 PM

How generous of them to give to the needy. I'd like MY money back - let them and those who attend the games at that %$#&* ugly monstrosity stadium pay us back for it and stop picking the taxpayers' pockets. When that happens you can write about how generous they are but until then they are robbing everyone, like me, who will never use that &$^%#$ stadium. Studies of other stadia show that after the novelty wears off they don't do so well. Will they pick our pockets again? I hope everyone remembers they are at least multi-millionaires and possibly even BILLIONAIRES if they try.

knute101Dec. 29, 10 6:17 AM

Look around and see all the Small Businesses that have closed. Then read about the silver-spoon boys, those that inherit their wealth and success. The Pohlads are right, they will never be able to say they did it on their own and will never have the respect that comes with hard work and fighting it out in the trenches for business survival.

rainiermanDec. 29, 10 6:38 AM

Im glad it's been such a successfull year. For the Pohlads. Maybe they can pay back the tax payers of Hennepin co. and make taking your kids to a Twins game an experience that doesn't have to rival the cost of a family vacation.

minneg56Dec. 29, 10 7:44 AM

As you chose to pull my first post- let's try again. This was an opportunity lost. The Pohlads are obviously generous folks who have the resources to do special things in their home community. One would expect billionaires to exercise generosity and be civic leaders in their community. Like their dad, they don't need seek attention. Poeple seek them. When one has the opportunity to ask questions of business leaders such as these- I'd expect topics to be covered 'in depth' such as what would be covered in business school. These fella's could have been asked to give insights which 'normal work a day folks' would be interested to know. Their insights on the direction of the economy, finance etc. That only 4 people have bothered to post on this article tells one of two things. 1. all the other posts have been pulled too' or; 2. People aren't impressed with an article which was supposed to be a 'Premium' piece. Again I say, it was more of a People Magazine effort. It fell short.

JeffOpeDec. 29, 10 7:45 AM

Quit your bellyaching about the stadium. Your tax burden for that gem of a park is something like $20, and it helped keep public libraries all over Hennepin County stay open and even extend hours and service in some places.

plymouthDec. 29, 10 7:57 AM

Estate tax? Or did they get around that too...

samueldyerDec. 29, 10 8:06 AM

didn't know the trib was printing classified adds on the front page in the ruse of a "news article"... stop buying into the garbage that they did anything for minnesota.. their daddy did it for the money at the expense of minnesotans. new low for the trib

wondergirlDec. 29, 10 8:11 AM


DUSTYBDec. 29, 10 8:17 AM

hip hip hooray..... who cares

doctorwhomDec. 29, 10 8:20 AM

"We made a decision early on to take a public position in terms of trying to convince folks to build a new stadium," said Bob Pohlad, now 56. "It was a bad decision. It seemed endless. It was not a good time." ---- Does that mean a digging into the family coffers to correct a bad decision? Well, maybe it was't that bad.


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