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Ray Kroc

1902 - 1984

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Raymond Albert Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American businessman. He purchased the fast food company McDonald's in 1961 from the McDonalds brothers 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 by revenue.Kroc was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and worked a variety of jobs, including as a paper cup salesman and a musician, before eventually becoming a milkshake mixer salesman. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ray Kroc has received more than 14,330,640 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Ray Kroc is the 26th most popular businessperson (down from 13th in 2019), the 255th most popular biography from United States (down from 143rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Businessperson.

Ray Kroc is most famous for his role in the introduction of the McDonald's fast food restaurant chain.

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Among businesspeople, Ray Kroc ranks 26 out of 601Before him are Bernard Arnault, Florentino Pérez, Carlos Slim, Ludwig Erhard, Amancio Ortega, and Muhammad Yunus. After him are P. T. Barnum, Adolf Dassler, Jules Rimet, Andrew Carnegie, Steve Ballmer, and Hugh Hefner.

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Among people born in 1902, Ray Kroc ranks 14Before him are Georgy Malenkov, John Steinbeck, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Talcott Parsons, Halldór Laxness, and Fernand Braudel. After him are Saud of Saudi Arabia, Barbara McClintock, Eugene Wigner, Nâzım Hikmet, William Wyler, and Alfred Kastler. Among people deceased in 1984, Ray Kroc ranks 9Before him are Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, François Truffaut, Paul Dirac, Johnny Weissmuller, and Martin Niemöller. After him are Mikhail Sholokhov, Truman Capote, Ed Gein, Alfred Kastler, Julio Cortázar, and Tigran Petrosian.

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Among people born in United States, Ray Kroc ranks 255 out of 18,182Before him are William Howard Taft (1857), Joe Dassin (1938), Calvin Coolidge (1872), Paul Samuelson (1915), John Cage (1912), and Rocky Marciano (1923). After him are George Westinghouse (1846), Oliver Hardy (1892), Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), John Dillinger (1903), Nina Simone (1933), and Christopher Lloyd (1938).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Ray Kroc ranks 10Before him are Warren Buffett (1930), Jeff Bezos (1964), Vince McMahon (1945), David Rockefeller (1915), Tim Cook (1960), and Colonel Sanders (1890). After him are P. T. Barnum (1810), Steve Ballmer (1956), Hugh Hefner (1926), J. P. Morgan (1837), J. Paul Getty (1892), and Robert Kiyosaki (1947).