Robert Kraft is the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, one of the most successful NFL franchises. He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to a Jewish family that had fled Europe before World War II. His father worked as a dressmaker, and his mother was an executive secretary. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in economics, he took over his father’s ladies garment business after being turned down by Harvard Business School for not having enough experience outside of school. He transformed the company into a global enterprise and then purchased the Patriots in 1994.
The NFL team had been on shaky ground, playing at Harvard Stadium while its old stadium was being renovated for two years (known as the “cursed” seasons). At one point, Robert Kraft considered selling the team but decided to keep it when he realized how important it was to the fans of New England.
Robert Kraft’s dedication to the team is evident – he flew back from a business meeting in Japan on a private jet to watch the Patriots’ first home game after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In addition to being one of the wealthiest men in America, Robert Kraft is also one of the most charitable. In 2002 his family’s foundation created The Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Prostate Cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He has also made donations to charities involved with education, children’s health care, employment opportunities, Holocaust memorials, and human services.
Robert Kraft lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Myra. They have four sons: Jonathan, Daniel, David, and Joshua. The Kraft family are well-known philanthropists in the Jewish community. They have made substantial donations to organizations such as Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, The Men’s Club at Temple Israel of Natick, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, American Friends of NCSY (an organization involved with outreach to non-religious Jewish teenagers), and many others. Read this article for more information.
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