The Giants’ mascot may know the team’s leading investor, Charles Johnson, better than any of the current players do. Most of them wouldn’t recognize the man, one of the 100 wealthiest people in America, if he wandered into the clubhouse. Lou Seal, on the other hand, has visited Johnson’s Bay Area home, Hillsborough’s historic Carolands mansion, which doubles as a residence and entertainment venue, often used for fundraising. Johnson and his wife, Ann, host an annual holiday party for children of Shelter Network, which helps homeless families become self-sufficient. Johnson has never exercised a bigger owner’s prerogative than requesting that the mascot and a former player or two spend time with the children at the party, Giants chief executive Larry Baer said. Johnson, 79, has signaled a strong intention to stay removed from the day-to-day operations of the team. As he accrued a larger stake last year and became publicly acknowledged as the top partner, the Giants declined all requests to interview him. On the recommendation of a family friend, Johnson agreed to talk to The Chronicle about his personal history, but not team business. His earliest ties to the franchise, he said, stretch back to its New York days… Read full this story
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