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Joe and Kelly Knight Craft at 2018 US Embassy in Canada Independence Day celebration
|Born||1950 (age 69–70)|
Hazard, Kentucky, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky (BS, JD)|
|Employer||Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.|
|Net worth||US$1.4 billion (February 2011)|
Kelly Knight Craft (m. 2016)
Joseph Craft III (born 1950) is an American businessman. He is the president and chief executive officer of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., the third-largest coal producer in the eastern United States.
Craft received an undergraduate degree in accounting in 1972 from the University of Kentucky before earning a JD degree in 1976. During his time at the University of Kentucky, Craft was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
In January 2012 Craft donated around $500,000 to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney. On July 11, 2016, Craft hosted a private fundraiser for Donald Trump at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Joe, through his trust JWCIII REV TRUST contributed $1,000,000 to the Trump presidential inaugural committee.
- 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
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.
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- "Donald Trump heading to Kentucky for fundraiser". The Washington Times. June 28, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
- docquery.fec.gov/pdf/286/201704180300150286/201704180300150286.pdf. p. 41.
- "PN603 – Kelly Knight Craft – Department of State". Congress.gov. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- Joseph W. Craft III – 2008 Outstanding Business Leader
- "Alliance Exec Among Regional Honorees". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "UK Athletics Receives Record Gift". The University of Kentucky. August 18, 2006. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
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