Robert Kraft is a billionaire businessman that is the Chairman, CEO, and owner of The Kraft Group, a diversified holding company headquartered in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with interests in manufacturing and distribution, real estate development, and construction (including the New England Patriots), food service distribution, professional soccer (Queens Park Rangers), a regional theater production in partnership with Live Nation Productions (New York’s American Music Theatre) and an investment company. He was born on April 19th, 1942.
He went to Cornell University for his undergrad, majoring in Industrial Management. He then went to MIT, where he received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management. As if that wasn’t enough, he also received a Master of Science in Economics from MIT.
Robert Kraft started out as an intern at General Foods, where he learned the business from the ground up. He then worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Nike and Polaroid. He is also a part owner of Liverpool Football Club and New England Patriots.
Robert Kraft was introduced to the game of football by his father and then, later on, went to watch New York Giants games on Sundays with friends, wanting to be involved but not able until he found out that they had a football team. From this moment on, he went to a meeting with their owner, Billy Sullivan, and joined their organization as a minority shareholder.
He bought Foxborough Stadium, which is now known as Gillette Stadium. It cost him $172 million (I should’ve bought it in today’s money). This was during the time when the Patriots were known as the New England Patriots and were not exactly on the map. They had not had a winning season since Dick McBrien took over as head coach, and they were often in last place.
He then started putting money into his team, buying more shares and becoming more of a part owner until he became the team’s majority owner in 1994.
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