Robert Kraft is an American businessman who is the Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, a diversified holding company with assets in paper and packaging distribution; sports entertainment; real estate development; media, marketing, and broadcasting; dairy farming operations; coffee roasting; wine making and distribution. He is also the chairman of the New England Patriots.
A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics, Robert Kraft was not one to follow in his father’s footsteps working at Nabisco due to football taking precedent for him. Instead he used his college degree to calculate how much money could be made off certain National Football League (NFL) teams that were for sale at the time from a financial standpoint. With his business soon flourishing, he was then given the opportunity to purchase the Patriots for $175 million before the 1985 season, which he agreed to.
As owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft has seen his team win five Super Bowls and seven AFC championships. His teams have appeared in ten Super Bowls overall and won nine AFC championships. In 2005, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell awarded Kraft the first-ever “Maryland Football” Man of the Year Award in honor of Kraft’s dedication to the community through philanthropy and support of organizations such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Boston and The Jimmy Fund.
Robert Kraft was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, the sole owner unanimously accepted. In 2012, he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his philanthropic endeavors and social action. The Kraft family owns a minority interest in the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Off the field, Kraft is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Boston Ballet and is also co-chairman/co-founder of The Kraft Group Foundation along with his wife Myra and children Jonathan, Jennifer and Robert Jr. See this article for more information.
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