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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft is a renowned American businessman and investor whose portfolio is pretty diverse. He has holdings in real estate, paper and packaging, venture investing, and sports and entertainment. On top of this, he is the CEO of the Kraft Group which also deals in investing.

Robert Kraft also sits on the Board of Directors of two organizations- the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Viacom. He graduated from high school in 1959 and proceeded to Columbia University, where he graduated in 1963. He was sponsored to go study there. He is a trustee emeritus of this university.

After Columbia University, Robert Kraft was offered another scholarship to Harvard to study Masters of Business Administration. However, his interest in sports started while he was at Columbia University. He was in the lightweight football team. Since he was a great fan of the New York Giants team, he thought that it would be a good idea if he founded his club. So, in 1960 he came up with the Patriots franchise.

He kick-started his professional career using his father-in-law’s packaging company, Rand-Whitney Group. Later on, in 1972, he started the International Forest Products Company. The two are the largest private companies in the paper and packing industry. In 2005, his company was number forty-five among those exporting or importing more paper material in the United States.

Besides business, he is also a philanthropist who has helped individuals and businesses. For instance, in 1986, a minority group acquired WNEV-TV through his help. He also funded the Scott Sanders Productions company, owned by Scott Sanders, through a private equity group that he helped establish.

Most importantly, Robert Kraft is a family man. He is married to Myra Kraft, a Brandeis University graduate. As stated earlier, Myra’s father’s company helped kick start Robert’s professional career. Till today, he is the chairman of that company. Visit this page to learn more.


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