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Carl Pohlad
Born(1915-08-23)August 23, 1915
DiedJanuary 5, 2009(2009-01-05) (aged 93)
Alma materGonzaga University
Known forOwner of the Minnesota Twins (1984–2009)
(m. 1947; died 2003)
Children3 (including Jim and Bill Pohlad)
Awards1987 World Series and 1991 World Series Champion

Carl Ray Pohlad (August 23, 1915 – January 5, 2009) was an American financier from Minnesota. Pohlad is best known as the owner of the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise from 1984 (succeeding Calvin Griffith) until his death in 2009.[1]

In 2009, Pohlad had an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion, placing him 102nd on the annual Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.[2]

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Early life and education

Carl Pohlad was born on August 23, 1915, in Valley Junction, Iowa, to poor parents of Slovak descent, Mary M. (Sodak) and Michael Pohlad.[3] He grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 1934. He attended and played football for Compton Junior College in Southern California for a short time. Bing Crosby saw him play football and recruited him to play for his alma mater, Gonzaga University in Washington. Pohlad attended Gonzaga but dropped out after the football season of his senior year.

Pohlad was drafted in World War II and served from 1943 to 1946. During his service, he fought in Europe, spending time in France, Germany, and Austria. Pohlad was scheduled to participate in the Normandy Invasion (D-Day), but a case of poison oak kept him out of the invasion's early stages. He was wounded in battle, and was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal.

After the war, Pohlad returned to Iowa and met Mary Eloise O'Rourke. They married and later moved to Edina, Minnesota. Eloise died in 2003.[4] They had three sons during their 56-year marriage: James, Robert, and William, who all serve as Executive Board Members of the Minnesota Twins.[5]


Pohlad got his start in the banking business by foreclosing farms during the Great Depression[citation needed]. After the Depression, he began investing in community banks. Over several decades, he built a banking empire. He bought deposits from The Midwest Federal Savings & Loan after its collapse in 1989. In late 1991 he sold his bank, Marquette Bank, which was owned by the Bank Shares, Inc. holding company, to First Bank System (now US Bank), with the deal finally closing in 1993. In 2006 Forbes ranked him tied for the 107th richest person in the United States, with a net worth of $2.6 billion.[6]

Pohlad became president of the Twin City Rapid Transit (the Minneapolis St. Paul bus and streetcar company), saving it from Fred A. Ossanna (who was convicted in 1960 of illegally taking personal profit from the company). Pohlad was also the Vice President of Pohlad Companies, which owns several companies large and small, including Marquette Financial Companies, United Properties, River Road Entertainment, Stanton Group Holdings,[7] Arcadia Solutions, KTWN FM (96.3 FM) Radio Station (through Northern Lights Broadcasting, a holding company),[8] and JB Hudson's Jewelers[9] in the Twin Cities, as well as a controlling interest in PepsiAmericas, the second-largest bottling group in the United States.

Minnesotan sports

Pohlad purchased the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise in 1984. The Twins won their first World Series in 1987, and a second World Series in 1991. Pohlad claimed he was close to selling the Twins in 1997 to North Carolina businessman Don Beaver, who would have moved the team to the Piedmont Triad area of the state.[10] The defeat of a referendum for a stadium in that area and a lack of interest in a move to Charlotte killed the deal.

In 2001, he offered to sell the team for a reported $150 million to Major League Baseball as part of a contraction plan by the league, in effect eliminating the Twins.[11] The deal was not completed due to a court order binding the Twins to their lease with the Metrodome, and the team continued to play.

Pohlad also owned a part of the Minnesota Vikings from the mid-1980s to 1991.[12]


Pohlad died of natural causes on January 5, 2009, at the age of 93.[13] His funeral was held at the Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis. His son Jim took over day-to-day operations of the Twins organization.[14]



  1. ^ "Obituary for Carl R. Pohlad". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  2. ^ Lavietes, Stuart (January 5, 2009). "Carl R. Pohlad, Owner of Minnesota Twins, Dies at 93". New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Twins owner Carl Pohlad dies
  4. ^ "Eloise Pohlad Obituary (2003) - Minneapolis, MN - Pioneer Press". Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  5. ^ "Front Office". Minnesota Twins. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  6. ^ "#107 Carl Pohlad". Forbes.
  7. ^ "Marquette Financial Companies - Our Companies - Other Pohlad Interests". Archived from the original on 2004-08-25. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  8. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  9. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Minnesota Public Radio (3 October 1997). "MPR: Is North Carolina Ready?". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  11. ^[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad dies". 5 January 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Obituary". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  14. ^ La Velle E. Neal III (2009-01-05). "Family will continue to run Twins". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
  15. ^ "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". American Academy of Achievement.
  16. ^ "Minnesota Twins Hall of Famers".
Preceded by
Calvin Griffith
Owner of the
Minnesota Twins
Succeeded by
Jim Pohlad
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