Ray Kroc: McDonald's Founder's Life, Legacy, And Stories

Left: Ray Kroc's first McDonald's (the company's ninth) in Des Plaines, IL. Right: Kroc in 1975. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The sign says McDonald's, but it's Ray Kroc whose name and face are on the plaque inside. Fast food as we know it was shaped by the late Kroc, who opened his first McDonald's franchise in 1955 and built a global empire. A hero of American business, Ray Kroc is the man to thank (or blame) for all the Big Macs, McDonald's fries, Filet-O-Fishes, or Happy Meals you've eaten in your life. The facts of Ray Kroc's achievements and the story of his life are inspiring, to say the least