|9th Minnesota Senate Minority Leader|
January 9, 1985 – January 5, 1987
|Preceded by||James E. Ulland|
|Succeeded by||Duane Benson|
|Minnesota State Senator|
January 6, 1981 – February 3, 1990
|Born||April 20, 1941|
|Children||Jean, Terri, Taylor Moor, Jeff, and Kendahl|
|Residence||Mankato, Minnesota, United States|
Minnesota State University|
Harvard Business School
Businessman and Entrepreneur|
Owner, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx
Glen A. Taylor (born April 20, 1941) is an American billionaire businessman who is the majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves National Basketball Association team, owner of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team, owner of the Star Tribune, and a former member of the Minnesota Senate.
Early life and education
Taylor was born in Springfield, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm in Comfrey, Minnesota. He graduated from Comfrey High School in 1959, and received a bachelor of science in mathematics, physics and social studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 1962. In 1978 he received an executive MBA from Harvard Business School.
During and after college, he worked at Carlson Wedding Service (later Carlson Craft), a Mankato print shop specializing in formal invitations. In 1975, company owner Bill Carlson wanted to retire, and Taylor offered to pay $2 million over the course of 10 years for the company.
The purchase (which he paid off early) formed the basis for the Taylor Corporation, a privately held multinational printing and electronics company with more than 15,000 employees and based in North Mankato, Minnesota. Taylor continues to serve as chairman and CEO.
In 2014, he purchased the Star Tribune for about $100 million.
In 2015, his net worth was reported by Forbes to be $1.86 billion.
Sports team ownership
Taylor purchased majority ownership of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team in 1994 and purchased the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team in 1999. Taylor was in talks to buy the Minnesota Twins but nothing came of it.
In 2000, he was banned for nearly a year for signing Joe Smith to a secret contract in violation of the league's salary cap rules. Before Donald Sterling, Glen Taylor was the only NBA owner to be suspended for more than a couple of games.
He is currently the chairman of the board of governors for the NBA.
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