Ray Kroc

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Date of Birth October 5, 1902
Place of Birth Oak Park, Illinois
Date of Death Jan 14, 1984 (81)
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Ray Kroc

Raymond Albert Kroc was an American fast-food tycoon. He joined the California company McDonald's in 1954, after the McDonald brothers had franchised 6 locations out from their original 1940 operation in San Bernardino. This set the stage for national expansion with the help of Kroc, eventually leading to a global franchise, making it the most successful fast food corporation in the world. Kroc was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century, and amassed a multi-million dollar fortune during his lifetime. He owned the San Diego Padres baseball team from 1974 until his death in 1984.

Born: Raymond Albert Kroc, October 5, 1902, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 14, 1984, San Diego, California, U.S.
Resting place: El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, California, United States
Nationality: American, Czech American
Occupation: Businessman, franchisor
Years active: 1954–1984
Known for: Purchasing, popularizing and "founding" McDonald's
Net worth: $600 million (1984)
Political party: Republican
Children: Marilyn Kroc Barg (1924–1973)
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About Ray Kroc

Businessman responsible for turning McDonald's into the world's dominant fast-food chain after buying the business for $2.7 million in 1961.

Before Fame

He illegally worked for the Red Cross as an ambulance driver during World War I. He joined the company in 1954.


He was the owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team from 1974 until 1984. He and Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame both experienced late-in-life success after they had both turned 50.

Family Life

He was married three times, with two of his marriages lasting for more than 30 years.


He was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century along with Oprah Winfrey.

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