Robert Kraft

Philanthropist | 2017

Robert Kraft is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group which includes 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. Mr. Kraft began his business career with the Rand-Whitney Group and founded International Forest Products (IFP), a trader of paper commodities that is currently ranked among the top 10 overall exporters in North America.

Mr. Kraft is widely recognized as one of the most successful owners in professional sports, changing the culture of professional sports in New England by delivering five Super Bowl championships and eight conference titles in the past 23 years. Mr. Kraft also built the only privately-financed, world-class sports and entertainment complex with the construction of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place.

The Kraft family has been one of New England’s most philanthropic families, donating hundreds of millions of dollars in support of local charities, civic affairs and health care, including a $25 million pledge to Partners HealthCare to launch the Kraft Center for Community Health, and a $25 million pledge to Harvard Business School to establish an endowment for the advancement of precision medicine.

In addition, the family has made several gifts to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to establish The Kraft Family Blood Lab and the Kraft Family Professorship in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and to support the work of Ken Anderson, MD, an internationally-renowned multiple myeloma expert.

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