Kraft and Landers

If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad.

Robert Kraft, CC’63, and his girlfriend, actress Ricki Landers, were spotted at a Hillel dinner celebration last night at which Kraft was being honored. The 70-year-old billionaire honoree rocked a Columbia blue tie, and the actress 39 years his junior was mistaken by a few for an undergraduate student.

Kraft is the longtime owner of the New England Patriots and his philanthropic efforts on campuses around the country, including at Columbia, have yielded him the naming rights to the playing field at our football stadium (he was a running back his freshman year) and Hillel. His efforts on other campuses—namely Boston College, Harvard Business School (his grad alma mater), Tufts and Brandeis—especially with their Hillels, have given him immortality at colleges all over the country, and for good reason.

But, let’s talk about his dating Ms. Landers. Myra, Kraft’s wife, passed away in 2011. Kraft told the Boston Globe last year that “…you go home, and you go home alone, and no one’s there. It’s just really sad.” Kraft began seeing the actress and even helped her with an audition for The Internship in 2012, which scared Owen Wilson, one of the movie’s marquee names, quite a bit. Judging by their smiles, they looked pretty happy together last night. We hope Kraft comes back again to give us some more money.