Speakers and contributors

EY - 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, Massachusetts. 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. As Chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots and Investor/Operator of the New England Revolution, Kraft has changed the culture of professional sports in New England by delivering 13 conference titles and 5 league championships in the past 20 years. Since Kraft purchased the franchise in 1994, the Patriots have won more games than any other NFL team. In addition to serving on several NFL owner committees, Kraft is on the executive committee and board of trustees for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he established the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. He is a member of the executive committee of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and serves on the board of directors for Apollo Global Management and the Apollo Theater, as well as the board of trustees for Carnegie Hall. A trustee emeritus at Columbia University and a trustee of Boston College, Kraft has also received honorary degrees from several colleges and universities, most recently from Yeshiva University in New York City. In 2012, he became the first NFL owner in the 44-year history of the honor to receive the George Halas Award. Kraft has received numerous honors for his accomplishments and contributions to society. Over the past five decades, 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.