- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft lives a lavish and extravagant life.
- The 77-year-old has more wealth than most can dream of and dates Ricki Noel Lander, an actress who is 38 years younger than him.
- In February 2019 – less than a month after the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII – Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor that is allegedly tied to human trafficking.
- It’s clear that Kraft is a man of great influence, but his arrest could greatly impact his reputation and legacy in the sports world and beyond.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of the most active and famous owners in the NFL even at 77 years old.
Although Kraft remained heavily involved in the operations of the Patriots through their most recent Super Bowl victory, his charge of soliciting prostitution could alter his relationship with the franchise and with his 39-year-old girlfriend, Ricki Noel Lander.
Lander – who is an actress, designer, and entrepreneur – is no stranger to scandal herself. She gave birth in 2017, at which point Kraft issued a statement denying that he is the child’s biological father. By all appearances, Kraft has still been heavily involved in the baby’s life.
Of course, as a billionaire sports owner, Kraft certainly has the means to do so. Here are some other ways he has put his money to use and lived his life.
Emmett Knowlton contributed to this post.
Kraft made his fortune in paper manufacturing.
He was a 23-year Patriots season ticket holder before buying the team.
He purchased the Patriots for $US175 million in 1994.
In 1988, Kraft purchased the Patriots stadium out of bankruptcy court.
Kraft was offered a lucrative buyout to allow the Patriots to terminate their lease with their stadium and move out of New England, but he refused, opting instead to buy the team.
The Patriots are currently valued at around $US3.8 billion dollars, the second highest mark in the entire NFL.
It’s undoubtedly been a worthwhile investment for Kraft. The team won Super Bowl LIII in February 2019, marking the sixth time the team has won under Kraft’s ownership.
That same month, Kraft was arrested for soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor that is allegedly tied to human trafficking.
The police said there was video evidence of Kraft in relation to each of his two charges, but he vehemently denies the allegations.
Source: Tom Winter / Twitter
It remains unclear how the charges will impact the Patriots organisation and Kraft’s years-long relationship with 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander
The duo began dating in 2012.
And ever since, they have frequently been spotted attending sporting events such as Celtics games and the U.S. Open.
Kraft has tried to help promote his girlfriend’s career by filming audition tapes with her.
Lander gave birth in 2017, but Kraft denies that he is the child’s biological father. Still, Kraft reportedly bought her a mansion in L.A. and is heavily invested in the upbringing of the child.
Source: Sporting News
Before Lander came into his life, Kraft was married to his first wife, Myra, for over 40 years, until she passed away due to Ovarian cancer.
Kraft and his wife had four sons, three of whom remain heavily involved in his business.
Source: The Kraft Group
And he’s had friendships with some pretty influential people.
But he donated to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Kraft is good friends with rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
Source: Sports Illustrated
Kraft accidentally “gave” a Super Bowl ring to Vladimir Putin and still hasn’t received it back.
Kraft has been to the Grammys and even hung out with Jay-Z and Kanye.
Kraft showed off his latest Super Bowl ring to Snoop Dogg and Tracy Morgan at the NBA All-Star Game a few years ago.
Kraft is a sneaker head and even got a custom pair made for him by Nike.
He also has an interest in soccer, as he is the founder and owner of the New England Revolution, one of the 10 original MLS clubs.
Kraft is the honorary chairman of the board for the bid committee for the joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.
And he’s “intrigued” at the idea of buying an English Premier League team.
Additionally, Kraft owns an Overwatch team.
It’s clear that Kraft is a man of great influence, but his 2019 arrest could greatly impact his reputation and legacy in the sports world and beyond.
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