Robert Kraft is an American businessman who retired as one of the richest billioners in the world because to his family’s grocery store operations and other interests. Robert Kraft is most known for being the owner of the New England Patriots.
- Early life and career
Robert Kraft was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was the owner of a chain of newsstands. He had once played for the NFL’s Providence Steam Roller. Robert Kraft was a lifelong Boston Celtics fan.He obtained a scholarship to Columbia University, where he graduated, and a Harvard Business School MBA in 1965. Kraft participated in the lightweight football team at Columbia University. Additionally, Kraft like the university’s closeness to New York City and once participated in an Ivy League tryout with the Columbia Lions.
- Ownership of the Patriots
Kraft began his career in business when he purchased the Boston Patriots of the American Football League for $4 m and was integral to the franchise’s success, winning three AFL championships and two Super Bowls. He eventually sold the team to Fox Sports. Kraft purchased the New England Patriots from Victor Kiam and James Orthwein, who had purchased the franchise in and, respectively.
- Other Activities
Kraft is also a major shareholder in SuperValu, a Minnesota-based grocery store chain located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. In addition, he is the owner of the Gillette Stadium, home to the professional American football franchise New England Patriots. Kraft also owns a stake in the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.
The 2005 Patriots season was the team’s 37th in the National Football League (NFL), the second under head coach Bill Belichick, and the last under owner Robert Kraft. With a 10-6 record and a playoff berth, the Patriots ended this season with their best record since 2001. See this page for additional information.