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Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc

American businessman

Raymond Albert Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American businessman.He purchased the fast food company McDonald's in 1961 and was its CEO from 1967 to 1973. Kroc is credited with the global expansion of McDonald's, turning it into the most successful fast food corporation in the world. Due to the company's growth under Kroc, he has also been referred to as the founder of the McDonald's Corporation. After retiring from McDonald's, he owned the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1974 until his death in 1984.

Timeline

October 5, 1902
Ray Kroc was born in Oak Park.

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From the Archives, Ray Kroc - SUCCESS Magazine

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Ray Kroc | American businessman

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The Food That Built America Podcast | HISTORY

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News

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Erin McDowell
March 3, 2021
Business Insider
From the controversial McRib and McPizza to the new crispy chicken sandwich, the McDonald's menu has changed greatly over the years.
Erin McDowell
November 25, 2020
Business Insider
The first McDonald's franchise opened on April 15, 1955, and the experience of visiting the restaurant was vastly different than what we see today.
The Economist
November 12, 2020
The Economist
The new boss deserves credit for largely sticking with a successful strategy
Tim Harford
February 5, 2020
BBC News
By successfully selling franchises, Ray Kroc turned a tiny hamburger restaurant into a global giant.
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