Robert Kraft, 80, works up a sweat with his glamorous doctor fiancée, 47, at Sun Valley camp for billionaires as under-fire Sheryl Sandberg joins moguls arriving at exclusive gathering
- Kraft and fiancee Doctor Dana Blumberg joined moguls at Sun Valley Monday
- They were snapped smiling after a game of tennis
- Also seen was former Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg, and her fiancé Tom Bernthal
- They were joined by America’s most famous investor Warren Buffett, who wore a Hawaiian shirt
- Redstone dynasty member Shari Redstone was all smiles as she posted for the camera
- Fox News founder Barry Diller was seen in attendance with designer wife Diane von Furstenberg
- Warner Discovery CEO David Zaslav ruffled feathers by saying streamers would improve quality of shows
Billionaire Robert Kraft was seen exercising with his younger fiancée as the annual Sun Valley billionaires conference began – with scandal-hit former Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg also spotted arriving.
The New England Patriots’ owner, 80, was snapped smiling while out for a walk with ophthalmologist girlfriend Doctor Dana Blumberg, 47.
Kraft and Blumberg announced their engagement in March, just over a decade after his wife Myra died of ovarian cancer.
Also spotted was under-fire former Meta chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. She quit her prestige job at the Facebook parent company last month after she was probed over claims she used company resources to plan her upcoming wedding to Meta marketing CEO Tom Bernthal.
But Sandberg was seen walking into the event with Bernthal, and betrayed no hint of the turmoil that has engulfed her professional life.
New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, 80, is pictured at the Sun Valley conference on Tuesday with his doctor fiancée Dana Blumberg, 47
Kraft and Blumberg were snapped walking back from a game of tennis Tuesday
Former Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg was pictured with her fiancé Tom Bernthal at Sun Valley too. She quit the Facebook parent company last month over claims she’d used company resources to plan her upcoming wedding
President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav (left) greets American businessman Ken Langone (right) as they attend the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley Media Conference in Sun Valley on Tuesday
Joey Levin, CEO of IAC, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on Thursday
Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon, (left) and Michael Bloomberg, former New York Mayor and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., (right) arrive at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on Tuesday
Michael Morell, former CIA Director, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on Tuesday
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference Tuesday
Joining the power-players was America’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett, who wore a lime green Hawaiian shirt with an exotic bird pattern.
Other members of moneyed dynasties snapped on day one included Shari Redstone, whose family made their fortune with shares in media giant ViacomCBS, and Michael Bloomberg, former New York Mayor and CEO of Bloomberg L.P.
Fox founder Barry Diller was snapped with fashion designer wife Diane Von Furstenberg.
Disney’s former CEO Bob Iger – who is now the firm’s chairman – was snapped, as was former CIA Director Michael Morell.
One of the most talked about new hires in media, Warner Discovery CEO David Zaslav, caused waves after arriving with his predictions for the future of streaming services.
He says the streaming industry will focus on creating fewer, better shows of higher quality after a Netflix subscriber slump.
Netflix co-founder Ted Sarandos was also present on Tuesday, although he hasn’t made any public comment on Zaslav’s prediction.
Zaslav, 62, who arrived at the the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Tuesday in good spirits, also insisted that he isn’t bothered by tanking CNN ratings as the network pivots back to neutral reporting.
Stacey Bendet Allen, director of fashion firm Alice + Olivia, cut a striking figure in a monochrome-patterned outfit with a yellow hat
Billionaire Fox News founder Barry Diller was snapped Tuesday with his wife, the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg
Shari Redstone, of the ViacomCBS Redstone media dynasty, was all smiles as she appeared at Sun Valley
America’s most famous investor Warren Buffett also attended the event, in an eye-catching green Hawaiian shirt
NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell was also pictured arriving at Sun Valley on Tuesday with his wife Laura
Multiple private jets were snapped parked up at the Friedman Memorial Airport on July 5 as the Sun Valley conference got underway
Speaking about streamer issues, Zaslav told reporters: ‘Warner Bros. Discovery’s got great, quality content,’ he added. ‘So I think the world has changed. And it’s not about how much, it’s about how good. And so we’re pretty excited about our new company and getting to see everybody in this beautiful setting. It’s going to be a lot of fun.’
Warner Discovery owns streamer HBO Max, which has a better reputation for high-quality shows than Netflix.
Zaslav didn’t reference a single streamer when discussing quality over quantity.
But Netflix’s recent shock 200,000 drop in subscribers was blamed on the streamer’s drossy content, much of which appeared to prioritize woke issues including pregnant men over entertaining viewers.
Zaslav did praise Netflix’s recent decision to release the latest season of its show Stranger Things week-by-week, rather than dumping all episodes at once.
He said: ‘I think we’re all going to experiment. We gotta create more content that people will pay for before dinner, or that they rush home to see.
‘That’s our focus: great storytelling. That’s what Netflix is focused on. If we continue to do great content we’ll do great.’
Michael Bloomberg, former New York Mayor and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., (in yellow shirt) speaks to other guests at the Sun Valley Resort
Zaslav, 62, who arrived at the the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Tuesday in good spirits, also insisted that he isn’t bothered by tanking CNN ratings
KS Choi, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort on Tuesday
Jason Kelly, financial author, (left) and Nirav Tolia, co-founder and former CEO of Nextdoor, (right) arrive at the Sun Valley Resort
Derek Schiller, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves, arrives at the Resort on Tuesday
Jeffrey Katzenberg, film producer, (left) and Nan Li, Venture Partner at Obvious, and Grace Chao (right) arrive at the Sun Valley Resort
The Sun Valley Lodge is seen on the first day of the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on Tuesday
RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort on Tuesday
Bob Iger, Chairperson of Disney, (left) and Mathias Doepfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, (right) arrive at the resort
Derek Schiller, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort
Bari Weiss, who runs Substack’s Common Sense, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference
Ted Sarandos (L), co-CEO of Netflix arrives at the Sun Valley Resort
Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho on Tuesday
Private jets are seen on the tarmac at Friedman Memorial Airport ahead of the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on Tuesday
The media mogul has been running Warner Bros. Discovery since the merger of Discovery Inc. with WarnerMedia was completed in April.
Zaslav is himself rumored to have cut back on orders for his streamers in a bit to shore-up quality.
While HBO Max is the home of buzzy megahits like Euphoria and The Gilded Age, it has faced condemnation over the disappointing Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That.
Zaslav told reporters that he expects the conference – which is an invite-only gathering of business media and tech moguls – to be ‘a great week’ amid ‘a lot of turmoil in the business,’ Bloomberg reported.
‘The world has changed and it’s not about how much, it’s about how good,’ Zaslavsaid on Tuesday.
Henry Kravis, co-founder of KKR & Co., arrives at the Sun Valley Resort and is helped with his bags on Tuesday
Casey Wasserman, Chairman of LA28, the Organizing Committee for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort
Chairman and Senior Executive of InterActiveCorp (IAC) Barry Diller and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg arrive to attend the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley Media Conference on Tuesday
Chair and CEO of General Motors Company Mary Barra arrives to attend the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley Media Conference
Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference
Ted Leonsis (L), CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment talks to Joey Levin, CEO of IAC, at the Sun Valley Resort
Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort on Tuesday
Gentlemen prefer blondes! Robert Kraft’s glam doctor fiancée, 47, was seen as a red-headed, ‘super fun’ med student in Missouri way before her engagement to billionaire, 80
By Laura Collins, chief investigative reporter for DailyMail.com
They say blondes have more fun but, as these exclusive pictures show, Dana Blumberg knew how to enjoy herself just fine during her days as a red-headed medical student in Missouri.
Today she is a blonde Manhattanite, esteemed ophthalmologist, and the future Mrs. Robert Kraft with a ten-carat rock on her finger.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Blumberg’s father, Nathan Blumberg, confirmed the engagement and said: ‘She is very happy. I have met [Kraft] many times and he’s a wonderful man.’
‘He treats her like a princess and I’m just very happy they’ve found each other,’ he added.
Dana Blumberg was known among her peers as a ‘super friendly and super fun’ redhead when she was a medical student in Missouri, DailyMail.com can reveal
Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, 80, and the New York-based ophthalmologist, 48, were revealed to be engaged last week. It has been reported that Kraft proposed with a huge ring that is estimated to be ’10 carats or more’, with one source comparing it to his Super Bowl rings (one of which Blumberg is seen modeling back in 2017, before they began dating)
At 87 Nathan Blumberg is only six years older than Kraft, who turns 81 in June. But he said he is unconcerned by the 33-year age gap between Kraft and his daughter and described them as, ‘like a couple of young love birds.’
They had been keeping their engagement under wraps until Kraft’s designer friend Tommy Hilfiger, 70, let it slip at the inaugural amfAR Gala Palm Beach event two weeks ago.
Blumberg is one of the top ophthalmologists in the US and she is based at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is pictured in 2012
Blumberg and Kraft were both chairs of the event of which Hilfiger was honoree.
Blumberg, 48, was first spotted with the Patriots owner – net worth $8.3billion – at an event for the Elton John AIDS foundation back in 2017, but they only started dating in 2019.
It is all a high octane and glamorous world away from Blumberg’s time at St Louis University School of Medicine where, according to one who graduated with Blumberg, ‘every major test deserved a raging party.’
The former student recalled Blumberg as a popular class member who was, ‘super nice, super friendly and super fun.’
Pictured in the class of 2000’s yearbook, Blumberg can be seen smiling and clutching a red solo cup.
Standing alongside friend and fellow medic Layla Ziace, the girls are featured on a page titled, ‘Thank God it’s Friday – Work Hard…Play Harder.’
Yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com from St Louis University School of Medicine class of 2000 show Blumberg knew how to enjoy herself during her days as a red-headed medical student
Pictured alongside friend and fellow medic Layla Ziace (left), Blumberg can be seen smiling and clutching a red solo cup
A former student recalled Blumberg as a popular class member who was, ‘super nice, super friendly and super fun’
Elsewhere she can be seen enjoying pitchers of cocktails at popular student haunt, Wild Flower bar and restaurant.
There in the thick of it, amid pages of social events and parties, Blumberg can be seen playfully sticking her tongue out at the camera in one shot and sucking an adult beverage from a baby bottle in another.
The picture bears the caption: ‘Dana works through some childhood issues.’
In one image she cuddles up close to fellow student, Avi Gururaja, leaning into him as they enjoy drinks at the Cat’s Meow, a downtown bar known by the students as simply ‘the Cat,’ that boasts ‘cheap prices’ to this day.
Ten minutes from the university campus the popular bar still caters to the student population, offering ‘the Cat’s Meow Trifecta’ – three shots for $6 – and hosting Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day parties.
Blumberg studied at Brown University where she majored in biology and graduated with a BA in 1995 before going onto St Louis.
She graduated from medical school in May 2000, leaving her life of plastic cups and parties behind and moving to Ohio where she completed her residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland in 2004.
In another photo published on pages of social events and parties at the university, Blumberg can be seen playfully sucking an adult beverage from a baby bottle
Blumberg poses with fellow medical students in a group photo
Blumberg followed in the footsteps of her father, also a doctor, who confirmed the couple’s engagement to DailyMail.com
After graduating from medical school in May 2000, Blumberg moved to Ohio where she completed her residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland in 2004
She finished her fellowship, specializing in glaucoma, at the Wilmer Eye Institute of John Hopkins University and practiced medicine in Baltimore and DC before returning to her hometown of New York.
Across an impressive career she has published numerous research papers, worked as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and earned a reputation as one of the top ophthalmologists in the country.
Blumberg has earned a reputation as one of the top ophthalmologists in the country
In 2006 she received the Wilmer Eye Institute’s Teaching Award. In 2009 she won an American Glaucoma Society’s Clinician Scientist Award. And in 2013, while with Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology, she was listed in Super Doctors’ list of Rising Stars.
The select honor means that Blumberg was nominated by fellow physicians as a doctor they themselves would choose in seeking medical care.
That same year she won a prestigious grant to fund her research into a glaucoma screening tool called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
Speaking at the time Blumberg said: ‘We think of undiagnosed disease as something that happens in developing countries, not right here in the United States.
‘In medical school we’re trained to be clinicians and to think about patients on an individual level, but we’re not taught about population health as a whole.’
She was previously working on screening strategies for disease detection, which could help to reduce vision loss caused by glaucoma. She is pictured in 2021 with Kraft
Going public: Kraft was spotted holding hands with Blumberg at the French Open in June 2019
Kraft was married to Myra Hiatt (left) from 1963 until her death from cancer in 2011. The couple share four sons, at least one of whom is older than Dr Blumberg. He later dated actress Ricki Noel Lander (right) now 42, for six years from 2012
Back then Columbia posted about their pride in Blumberg, but her bio has since been taken down from the website.
Blumberg has not been married before.
For his part, Kraft was married to childhood sweetheart Myra for 48 years before her death from ovarian cancer in July 2011. She was just 68 years old.
One year later Kraft began dating actress Ricki Lander. The couple split in 2018.
When DailyMail.com reached out to Lander her father answered the call and described his daughter as ‘a very private person’ who ‘had no desire to comment.’
Blumberg’s delighted father told DailyMail.com that the couple have yet to set a date for the wedding.
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