Gov. Snyder: Bills owner made mark beyond sports

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Photo - FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2009, file photo Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson gestures during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. Bills owner Wilson Jr. has died at the age of 95 at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. Bills president Russ Brandon made the announcement at the NFL winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Wilson Jr. was one of the original founders of the American Football League and owned the Bills for the last 54 years. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2009, file photo Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson gestures during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. Bills owner Wilson Jr. has died at the age of 95 at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. Bills president Russ Brandon made the announcement at the NFL winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Wilson Jr. was one of the original founders of the American Football League and owned the Bills for the last 54 years. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says ex-Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will be remembered for much more than just professional football.

The Republican governor tells The Associated Press in a statement the 95-year-old who died Tuesday at his Grosse Pointe Shores home "was a leader in more areas of business" than he can count.

Wilson was a major investor in a venture capital company that Snyder helped create.

Wilson was a philanthropist who also owned companies in the trucking, construction, media, insurance and manufacturing industries.

His Ralph Wilson Equity Fund was among the original investors in Ardesta LLC, a venture capital business focusing on micro- and nanotechnology startups and co-founded by Snyder in 2000.

Snyder says Wilson was "a fascinating man who simply loved life."

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