Listen: Robert Kraft, Vladimir Putin, Kraft Group Llc discussed on Giants of History
"Two thousand fourteen was yesterday essentially, and I recall watching it all unfold in Crimea and hearing the vehement protests by other world leaders about the annexation and the threats of sanctions and such being placed on Russia by the United States and the European Union. And yet. Despite all that, despite all the noise, the rest of the world was making about the situation despite the threats of economic sanctions, etc. Putin just kept moving forward. There wasn't any flinching or any blinking as they say Putin just did it. And parents. Here's where I curse as once again, there's just no other way to say it than with an expletive. So kindly have your kids cover their ears or say you're muffs or whatever, but to put it in straightforward terms, Vladimir Putin didn't give a flying. Fuck. He just invaded another sovereign country and took away part of it. And alternately, there was no consequence for it. Now, some my point of the retaliatory effects of the US and European sanctions on Russia's economy as a result of the annexation, but nothing seems to have changed as this show is written. And so it seems again that the statement I made at the beginning of this episode is true when Vladimir Putin wants something, he simply takes it and the following story. The story, I really want to tell here once again proved that point. And as I said, this may sound like it's made up, but it is one hundred percent true verified by the man himself. Who was the quote, unquote victim of the story. So let's begin with some background as you have to know who assertain person is to truly appreciate the story. Enter a man named Robert Kraft. Now, most of you listening have seen Robert Kraft at one point or another, even without knowing who he is, if you've watched any Super Bowl game in the last twenty years or so that the patriots were playing, you've seen him. Since the year two thousand the patriots have played in eight Super Bowls and they've won five of those games. So you've had ample opportunity to lay your eyes on Robert Kraft. And how would you know if you've seen Robert Kraft? Well, he was the one in the midst of all the confetti floating around holding up the Vince Lombardi trophy in a suit on the stage after each patriots victory. And why was he holding up the Lombardi trophy in a suit after each of their wins? Because Robert Kraft owns the patriots. Robert Kraft is always dressed to the nines in a dark suit wearing a dress shirt, a red tie matching handkerchief, full head of white hair and just to say it plainly, Robert Kraft just looks rich, and he is. He's worth almost seven billion dollars that's billion with a b, and there's reasons this guy is as wealthy as he is as his pedigree is extremely impressive. He went to Columbia for his undergraduate studies, Harvard for his MBA, and he worked his way up and through numerous business ventures that were successful and extremely profitable and ultimately establish the Kraft group LLC of which he is chairman and CEO, and the Kraft group reportedly does business in ninety countries around the world across variety of industries, including real estate development, financial services, manufacturing, and of course sports.."