Honorary Chairman, United Bid Committee 2026
Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group
Robert 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 13 conference titles and five league championships in the past 20 years.
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.
A native of Brookline, Mass., Robert Kraft attended public schools before entering Columbia University on an academic scholarship. Upon graduation in 1963, he received a fellowship to attend Harvard Business School, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. In 1968, he started his first packaging operation and in 1972 founded International Forest Products (IFP). With IFP, Robert created a platform that has grown into the Kraft Group, a diverse holding company that comprises the family’s various business interests.
In the community, Robert and his family are one of the leading philanthropic families in the world, supporting various charities, nonprofits and causes, including education, child and women issues, healthcare, youth sports and American and Israeli programs. Robert is a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is a trustee of Boston College, Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater among others.