Zygi Wilf and family decry "anti-wealth bias"

Categories: Vikings
zygiWilf.jpg
Zygi and company would have you believe being rich ain't easy.
It's not exactly breaking news, but Zygi Wilf and his family are stinkin' rich.

They don't want you to know exactly how rich they are, however. And in a court filing where they make their case as to why their net worth shouldn't be publicly revealed, their attorneys argued that the same judge who blasted them for demonstrating "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking their New Jersey business partners harbors an "anti-wealth bias" clouding her judgment.

The argument is basically that if that judge Deanne Wilson didn't have it out for rich people, the Wilfs would never have been ordered to make their net worth public in the first place.

Last month, Wilson ordered the Wilfs to pay $84.5 million in damages as a result of the suit brought against them by the aggrieved business partners. As part of her ruling, she ordered the Wilfs to disclose their net worth, but gave them the opportunity to appeal that ruling. The court filing in question articulates the rationale behind their appeal.

"[B]eing wealthy provides [the Wilfs] with some business advantages... [but] none of the Wilfs is seeking special treatment," the filing says (via the Star Tribune). "Just because the Wilfs are involved in businesses that attract attention, such as owning a National Football League team, and successful real estate developments, they should not be forced to reveal private financial information that others working in less public endeavors would not be required to reveal."

"A number of American families have been targeted and put in harm's way -- through home invasions, kidnappings and extortion attempts -- due solely to public knowledge of their financial resources," the document continues.

As for Wilson, the Wilfs' attorneys argue she "embraced an anti-wealth bias that gave undue weight to public curiosity. [The] trial court repeatedly commented that wealthy individuals like the Wilfs who work in a business that has high visibility must accept unwarranted invasions of privacy."

On the other hand, attorneys representing the bilked business partners argue the family has "utterly failed" to provided anything other than "conjecture" in attempting to make the case that their financial information should remain private.

Let me play a sad song on the world's smallest violin for you, Wilf family. And if you'd like to make your lives easier by unloading some of that burdensome wealth, my contact information is at the bottom of this post. Hit me up.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
33 comments
MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

It's not an anti-wealth bias, it's an anti-rich-asshole-who-screws-people-over bias. There are plenty of wealthy folks in the world who rightfully earned their money WITHOUT fucking over other people to get it.

citizen
citizen

A compelling case for Stalinism...

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

This guy, Jerry Jones, and Daniel Snyder present a compelling case for Packers fandom

braidedmerkin
braidedmerkin

I must confess I had to choke back a sob when I heard about this anti-wealth bias that the Wilfs are being subjected to. Those poor men. I have to say I would be upset if a $84.5 mil judgement were filed against me. Luckily I'm pretty safe. I think we should start an internet campaign to tell the Wilfs just how much we feel their pain. I hope they are able to spend a month or so on a tropical island to get over their trauma.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

The privileged will always play the victim when their privilege is challenged.

niboosmik
niboosmik

Aye Rupar, how much do you get to do this blog thing?

Joshua Williams
Joshua Williams

I didn't mean to imply that everyone in office supported the stadium deal. Many did not. It's pretty clear though that the majority of the electorate in Minneapolis disapprove of it. Our elected leaders who went against our wishes need to be held accountable come election day.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

Calm down. The people who stood behind the stadium did so because there was an imminent threat of the team being moved. Maybe you don't agree with that, and that's fine, but don't make it sound like all the politicians were in the Wilf's pocket.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

'"A number of American families have been targeted and put in harm's way -- through home invasions, kidnappings and extortion attempts -- due solely to public knowledge of their financial resources"' - people would do that shit without knowing exactly how much you are worth, they would do it because they know you are rich, as demonstrated by the fact that you own a NFL team. What kind of rationale is that?

Joshua Williams
Joshua Williams

Everyone in office who stood behind this goon needs to be voted out on Tuesday! Please figure out which candidates in your area support giving our local tax dollars to an out of state racketeering billionaire, and don't vote for them!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Wow fuck you liberal commies and all the mean evil people in the media.   DO ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO BE RICH?   Ziggy, I got your back.  I'm willing to take all your money and give being rich a try.   Let me take the slings and arrows you have to endure Ziggy.  Please.  I feel so bad for you.   I know it will suck but I'll take your money   No need to thank me Ziggy.  I know the sacrifice I am making but I can't stand for these scumbags to hurt your feelings anymore.  

Arlan Brinkmeier
Arlan Brinkmeier

Their arguments for privacy are pretty flimsy. People already know he's probably a billionaire finding out an exact # isn't going to make him or his family any more or less of a target. If he wants tax payers to subsidize his business and he has a history of being unethical full disclosure would be in order.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

You can look up the salary information on any one of his players on Wikipedia. For any player in the NFL for that matter. But this asshole doesn't want to be transparent with the city and state on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Can we be done now with our tacky worship of rich douchebags?  America's always had a soft spot for self-pitying poor little rich kids, but since Reagan's election in 1980 it has gotten completely out of hand.  

I was going to a fairly elite private high school out East when that happened (I was a scholarship kid) and I was astonished by what happened within a couple of months in late 1980.  It all of a sudden became acceptable to rub your Protestantism in people's faces and claim "Religious Persecution" if anybody didn't want to hear about your omnipotent imaginary friend and how he said it was OK for you to do whatever the hell you wanted.  And you deserve absolutely anything you can grab, steal or pry loose, and anybody who couldn't buy you outright is a second-class citizen you're just barely tolerating because it's too much trouble to have them gassed.

Seriously, within a matter of months it became not just acceptable but fashionable to be a sociopath in public, and as sociopaths are, anyone who opposes them or just doesn't approve must be obliterated without mercy.

So now Zygi has defrauded his business partners, dragged a case out for decades hoping the people he robbed would die, and now he thinks he has the right to lie about his net worth so meaningful sanctions for his proven behavior cannot be established, and anyone who disagrees and thinks Zygi needs to follow the laws that bind all US citizens regardless of wealth has it in for him?  Textbook, garden variety sociopath.

Can we be done glorifying these sick, sick people?  We don't have to go all Robespierre on them, but can we at least acknowledge tacky disgusting narcissistic bullshit when it's rubbed in our faces?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@swmnguy fuck zygi, he is a crook. nobody gets that wealthy without doing illegal shit.

he's not coding software. 

sosmls
sosmls

@swmnguy 

Here's an idea, instead of posting your BS manifesto on some site where no one will read it, go out and convince all your friends to stop voting for the Daytons, Frankens, and all the other douchbag incumbents who support this travesty.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@sosmls   I didn't say a word about the stadium deal or our local politicians.  You're way off-topic.  My "BS manifesto" was about self-entitled uber-wealthy sociopaths.  I'm not all up in outrage about the self-dealing little schemes they come up with amongst themselves.  That's what these people do.  M-F'ers will eventually F their M's.  You can't act shocked when it happens.  I'm just sick of our society idolizing them for their M-F'ery.  This story has to do with the Wilf's M-F'ery in an old and filthy New Jersey deal, not this football palace fiasco.

Get over the stadium deal. It was a foregone conclusion a decade ago. So was the baseball park and the hockey rink.  At least the city owns the basketball arena. 

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@sosmls Please remind us all which Senate & Gubernatorial candidates were running on a "no-stadium" platform last cycle.

Your advice appears to be, "don't vote". In your defense: an increasingly reasonable suggestion in MN.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@sosmls @DavidFoureyes Oh, are those guys running for Senate or Governor as well? Any city's mayor played about as big a part in that deal as I did...What did you drink that made you read "SENATOR" as "MAYOR"? Is Illiterate Latte a thing?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@tinkertoodle Yeah, no kidding.  The last damn thing we need in downtown Mpls. is a casino.  Think of all the whining from suburbanites about the [lack of] cheap parking, the scary non-white people hanging around, some law enforcement watching drunks and drunk drivers, etc.  Besides, talk about your completely unproductive and atavistic industries.  Gambling reduces the over amount of real wealth floating around.  It's not an industry that adds value; it removes value.  We've got all the damn gambling we need already and more.

tinkertoodle
tinkertoodle

do you actually live in minneapolis? im tired of hearing from the suburbs that DT mpls would be a great place to build a casino.  Personally, i think chaska or white bear lake would be a great place

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@sosmls  Cam Winton?  Dan Cohen?  I've been reading their stuff looking for the hint of a clue.  Nary a one.  Sure, the Democrats in this town are dipshits. You should talk to my (unopposed) City Councilperson.  What a lovely, well-intentioned dipshit.  I'll write somebody in, I suppose.  But Cam Winton can't even ball up to admitting what party he's in. He thinks he wants to face down the vested downtown corporate interests entrenched in City Hall?  Ha.  He should stick to hanging around his lawyer buddies.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@sosmls ya a better idea is not to bring a casino to downtown because it would make everyone much poorer

casinos are very depressing places to be around day after day. 

sosmls
sosmls

@digitalprotocol @sosmls @DavidFoureyes 

Laugh all you want but a casino downtown would actually attract people and make money. And you can bet, it would provide much better security than we have now.

Have you got a better idea? Maybe more social engineering by the powers that be, that's worked out so well!

sosmls
sosmls

@DavidFoureyes @sosmls To you, and all the other low information voters:

We have an election next Tuesday, and both Cam Winton and Dan Cohen OPPOSE the stadium.  But, mark my word, the same idiots who are always gripping about 'the evil rich' will elect another bunch of Latte Liberal Loses!

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...