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Craig Leipold

Born:Jan 1, 1952Status: Owner (Minnesota Wild)
Hometown:USAKnown For:Founder of Ameritel

Craig Leipold (born January 1, 1952) is the founder of Ameritel, a business-to-business marketing firm. In the past, he’s owned the Rainfair Company, the Grand Ole Opry and was a director of Gaylord Entertainment Company.

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Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild holds a trophy presented to him by Craig Leipold honoring his 1000th career NHL game (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Leipold was also the previous owner of the Nashville Predators. He purchased the expansion team in 1997 for $80 million before selling the team for $193 million in 2007.

Wild Under Ownership

After selling the Predators, Leipold didn’t wait long to get back into the NHL. A month after the Nashville sale was finalized, reports came out that he was going to buy the Minnesota Wild. The club is worth $500 million (2020).

Under Leipold, the Wild have only won two playoff series – not in the same season. They have won one division title in their franchise history, coming just as Leipold took over in the 2007-08 season. It’s hasn’t been a good stretch thus far for the Wild.

Leipold also owns the AHL’s Iowa Wild and manages the Xcel Energy Center.

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