Robert Kraft: An American Icon In Football

The businessman Robert Kraft is an icon for American Industry and philanthropic endeavors. Kraft was born on June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brookline High School in 1959. He then attended college at Columbia University in New York City and earned a masters in business administration from Harvard Business School.

After graduating in 1965, Robert Kraft then founded his first packaging company in 1968 and then founded International Forest Products in 1972, what would become the first of a line of businesses that would form the Kraft Group (together the two paper companies he owned make up the largest paper and packaging manufacturing entity in the United States). However, first and foremost he is known for acquiring ownership of the New England Patriots as well as owning the main stadium they practice in, Gillette Stadium.

Robert Kraft has long since had an avid interest in football. Growing up, he was an avid Giants fan (prior to 1960 when the Patriots were formed), and while at Columbia he played on their lightweight football team. In January 1994, he bought the Patriots, and in the first 17 seasons of his ownership the team was in 17 playoff and won three Superbowls. In 1996, Robert Kraft also founded and became the owner of the New England Revolutions, a soccer team that is a chartered member of major league soccer and routinely practices at Foxboro Stadium, that Kraft also owns.

Aside from his involvement in major league sports, Robert Kraft and his wife also have donated tens of millions to several noteworthy charities in education as well as womens’ and childrens’ causes. He also serves on the board of directors at Viacom and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. His life and his contributions show a loyalty to this country as well as his hometown and also reveal a generous spirit. Visit this page to learn more.


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