Israel: The Royal Tour was made possible through the generous support and private funding of Robert K. Kraft.
“I have been introducing new audiences to the diverse cultural treasures of the Holy Land for many decades and encourage everyone to experience the country’s splendor and spirituality for themselves.”
- Robert K. Kraft
ROBERT K. KRAFT
Founder, Chairman and CEO
The Kraft Group
Robert Kraft is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, based in Foxborough, Mass. The Kraft Group is the holding company of the Kraft family’s many businesses, including the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, International Forest Products, Rand-Whitney Group, Rand-Whitney Containerboard and a portfolio of more than 100 private equity investments.
Kraft began his business career with the Rand-Whitney Group, Inc. of Worcester, Mass. In 1972, he founded International Forest Products (IFP), a trader of paper commodities that now does business in more than 90 countries. IFP has consistently been the leading exporter in Massachusetts and last year ranked first in New England and 20th overall in North America according to the annual rankings published by The Journal of Commerce.
Kraft is widely recognized as one of the most successful owners in professional sports. As Chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots, combined with the New England Revolution, Kraft changed the culture of professional sports in New England by delivering 10 conference titles and three league championships in the past 18 years. Since 1994, the Patriots have won more games (238), playoff games (21), division titles (13), conference titles (6) and Super Bowls (3) than any other team in the NFL. Kraft also privately financed a world-class sports and entertainment complex with the construction of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place.
A native of Brookline, Mass., Kraft attended public schools before attending Columbia on an academic scholarship. Upon graduation, he received a fellowship to Harvard Business School.
Kraft serves on the board of directors of Viacom. He is also a governing trustee on the board of trustees for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he established the Robert K. Kraft Blood Donor Center. He is a trustee emeritus at Columbia and a trustee at Boston College. He has received many honorary degrees from several colleges and universities and was awarded the NCAA’s highest honor when he received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, presented annually to a “distinguished citizen of national reputation and outstanding accomplishments.” In 2011, he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award as well as the prestigious honor of being inducted into the 231st class of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he became the first NFL owner in the 43-year history of the honor to receive the George Halas Award, which is presented annually to the NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. In 2012, he was inducted into Columbia’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Over the past four decades, the Kraft family has been one of New England’s most philanthropic families, donating several hundred million dollars in support of local charities and civic affairs. In 2011, Kraft pledged $20 million to Partners HealthCare to launch the Kraft Center for Community Health, a program that will improve access to quality healthcare at community health centers.