Profession: McDonald's Entrepreneur
Why Famous: Joined McDonald's in 1954 and built it into the most successful and profitable fast food operation in the world.
He also owned the San Diego Padres baseball team from 1974 until his death in 1984.
- 1969-03-08 CEO of McDonald's Ray Kroc (66) weds philanthropist Joan Mansfield (40)
- 1955-04-15 Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois
- 1974-01-25 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million
- 1974-04-09 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"