Ray Kroc

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Ray Kroc built the corporate empire that is the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants.
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Ray Kroc built the corporate empire that is the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants.

Ray Arthur Kroc (October 5, 1902January 14, 1984) was founder of the McDonald's Corporation. Dubbed the Hamburger King, Kroc was included in the TIME 100 list of the world's most influential builders and titans of industry and amassed a $500 million fortune during his lifetime. Kroc was of Czech ancestry and was survived by his third wife, Joan B. Kroc.

McDonald's

Kroc did not set out to sell hamburgers when he started McDonald's Corporation in 1954 with a restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. In the early 1950s, Kroc was a milkshake machine salesman traveling across the country peddling his wares. He found out two brothers, Dick and Maurice "Mac" McDonald, were using eight of his machines at their San Bernardino, California diner. Hoping to capitalize on the brothers' success with their milkshakes, Kroc acquired franchising rights to open a McDonald's restaurant of his own. Not only did the milkshakes become as popular in Illinois as California, but the hamburgers and french fries were a hit, too. In 1961, Kroc bought out the McDonald brothers for US $2.7 million and opened restaurants around the world. In 1977, he wrote his autobiography, "Grinding It Out".

Quotes

  • First Sentence of his book "Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's": I HAVE ALWAYS believed that each man makes his own happiness and is responsible for his own problems. ([1] (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312929870/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_f/104-1271714-3915161))

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