Billionaire American businessman Robert Kraft, 80, is set to wed his 47-year-old doctor girlfriend, it has been revealed.
Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots NFL team and CEO of the Kraft Group, popped the question to leading New York City ophthalmologist Dana Blumberg with a ’10ct diamond’, one source claims.
The couple, who have been dating for three years, kept their news under wraps but friend Tommy Hilfiger, 70, let it slip at the inaugural amfAR Gala Palm Beach event on Saturday.
Wedding bells! Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots NFL team and CEO of the Kraft Group, popped the question to leading New York City ophthalmologist Dana Blumberg, 47, with a ’10ct diamond’, one source claims. Pictured, the couple at an event in February 2020
‘Tommy Hilfiger was the honoree and Robert and Dana were both chairs of the event for Tommy,’ a source told Page Six. ‘[Hilfiger] said his “good friend Bob Kraft got engaged to Dr Dana Blumberg” at the event on stage, speaking to the whole audience.’
Another attendee noted Dr Blumberg was wearing ‘a giant rock’ at the gala, with one comparing it the the enormous ‘Super Bowl rings’ sported by Kraft’s Patriots.
It will be the second time down the aisle for Kraft, who was married to his college sweetheart Myra from 1963 until her death from cancer in 2011.
He started dating actress Ricki Noel Lander the following year. It is thought they parted ways in 2018.
Kraft, who has four sons, at least one of whom is older than his future wife, knew Dr Blumberg as a friend for several years before they started dating. The pair posed for photos at a 2017 event for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Dr Blumberg is one of the top ophthalmologists in the US and is based at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia.
College sweetheart: Kraft was married to Myra from 1963 until her death from cancer in 2011. The couple share four sons, at least one of whom is older than Dr Blumberg
High-profile girlfriend: Kraft dated actress Ricki Noel Lander (pictured) from 2012 until 2018
They confirmed their romantic relationship in 2019, when they held hands at the French Open. A month later they were spotted in the stands at the final of the Women’s World Cup in Paris.
By early 2020, the couple were walking the red carpet together at Sir Elton’s Oscars party.
A source told Page Six at the time: ‘They’re serious, as the kids would say, “They’re going steady!” They’ve been dating for almost a year now and they’re happy.’
In 2019, the same year he began dating Blumberg, Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a human trafficking sting tied to a chain of Florida massage parlors.
Familiar face: Blumberg and Kraft were previously seen together in 2017 (above) at an event for the Elton John AIDs Foundation
Going public: Robert Kraft was spotted with Dana Blumberg at the French Open in June 2019
Golden girl: The couple, pictured in February 2020, are now set to tie the knot
Kraft denied and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, which were dropped in September 2020.
Details of the wedding have yet to emerge but it is likely to be a star-studded extravaganza.
Billionaire Kraft celebrated his 80th birthday last year with a surprise party hosted by fellow NFL owner Michael Rubin in his Hamptons mansion.
Guests including Adele, Bon Jovi and Gayle King, were treated to a performance by Lionel Richie.
The birthay boy was also presented with a Bentley as a gift from friends including Rubin, Jay-Z and Meek Mill.
Long-term relationship: Kraft went public with Ricki at a tech event in 2012, pictured