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Joe Craft, a Hazard, Kentucky native, is president and chief executive officer of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., a diversified coal producer and marketer. He received an undergraduate degree in accounting in 1972 from the University of Kentucky before earning a law degree in 1976. During his time at the University of Kentucky, Kraft was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He has a net worth of 1.4 billion dollars.
The Joe Craft Center, a state-of-the-art basketball practice facility for the Kentucky Wildcats men's and women's basketball teams was named for him after he pledged $6 million toward the completion of the project. This was the largest private gift in the history of UK Athletics.
- The University of Tulsa, Collins College of Business - 2008 Outstanding Business Leader
- 2007 City of Tulsa Oklahoma - Hall of Fame
- Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region energy, chemical, and mining category
- "Joseph W. Craft Profile". Forbes. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
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- http://www.ukathletics.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=37&url_article_id=18184&change_well_id=2[dead link]
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