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Michael Wright, a University of Minnesota football star turned lawyer who became CEO of wholesaler Supervalu in 1981, has passed away. He was 81, and died of complications from pneumonia.

The Star Tribune writes that Wright was CEO of Supervalu "until 2000 and oversaw an acquisition spree that built Supervalu to $20 billion in annual revenue. It was the nation’s largest food distributor at that time and the tenth-largest retail grocer, with Cub Foods as its flagship."
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