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Robert Kraft is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Kraft Group. Robert Kraft is the chairman of the New England Patriots football team, which competes in the National Football League.

Robert Kraft was born on October 27, 1940 in Brookline Massachusetts. He attended The Williams School and Milton Academy before entering Amherst College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Following a successful career as an industrialist, Kraft purchased Foxboro Raceway from Revolutionary Grand Prix Circuit Inc in 1973 and renamed it after his company’s name.

In 1984 Robert Kraft diversified his holdings by purchasing the American Hockey League franchise for the Hartford Whalers to replace its NHL team (which had moved to North Carolina). This move was made possible with the help of Richard Burke, a local resident and friend who donated $5 million of the $10 million purchase price in exchange for a controlling interest in the team. In addition to owning Kraft Foods, Kraft also heads The Kraft Group, which includes The Kraft Paper Company (paper products), Avon Products Inc. (lipsticks, perfumes and cosmetics), and several other smaller companies.

Robert Kraft has been married four times; his oldest child by his first wife is Robert Jr. with whom he owns the franchise in large part. Kraft has five sons and four daughters. He is a lifelong resident of Brookline, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife of several years, Myra Kraft.

Robert Kraft met his first wife Joyce Carlson while studying at Amherst College together. They had two children: Robert Jr., born in 1964 and Daniel (known as D.J.). In 1989, after 28 years of marriage, they divorced and in 1993 she married former professional tennis player John Lloyd; she died from cancer in 1999 at age 68. Daniel was blinded by a gunshot wound to the head during an attempted carjacking on December 14, 2001 that also killed his driver William Bradley, Jr. See related link for more information.


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