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Who is Robert Kraft? The American billionaire plotting Premier League investment profiled

Mirror logo Mirror 13/10/2017 James Whaling

We could be about to see a new mega-rich owner in the Premier League after Robert Kraft declared his interest in taking over a club.

The New England Patriots owner is keen to extend his empire and has his sights set on one of the big boys in the English top flight.

American billionaire Kraft, who also owns MLS side New England Revolution, held talks with Liverpool in 2005 before the club was eventually sold to George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

So - who is Robert Kraft?

Here's all you need to know...

Who is Robert Kraft?

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Robert Kraft is an American businessman and owner of New England Patriots and New England Revolution.

The 76-year-old was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Harvard University.

He has a net worth of $4.17billion, which equates to around £3.14billion.

Investment in sport

Kraft was part of a consortium that purchased Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis in 1974.

They spent heavily to lure a number of top players, including Martina Navratilova, to become one of the best teams in the WTT.

The Lobsters folded in 1978.

He has been a season ticket holder at the Patriots since 1971, and has a financial involvement for many years before purchasing the franchise for $172million in 1994.

In 1996, Kraft founded the New England Revolution MLS team.

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What has he said about the Premier League?

"I like to win at whatever I do," he told BBC Sport.

"But without a salary cap I'm concerned that we might be at a disadvantage.

"We helped found MLS in America. Our league here is starting to really develop, and with our soccer team we've gone to the championship game five times in 21 years.

"I'm just concerned in the Premier League that we might not, with all the different ways of operating, we're not as familiar with all of them.

"Let's say people from all over the world come in and buy teams and maybe they have different reasons for doing it and managing it. And you have to compete with that and I'm not sure. But I'm still intrigued."

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