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Overview (3)

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Died in San Diego, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameRaymond Albert Kroc

Mini Bio (1)

Ray Kroc was born on October 5, 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as Raymond Albert Kroc. He was married to Joan B. Kroc, Jane Dobbins Green and Ethel Fleming. He died on January 14, 1984 in San Diego, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Joan B. Kroc (8 March 1969 - 14 January 1984) ( his death)
Jane Dobbins Green (23 February 1963 - 1969) ( divorced)
Ethel Fleming (2 June 1923 - 1961) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (11)

Met Walt Disney while both were training to drive ambulances for the Red Cross during World War I; the War ended before they could be sent overseas. Years later, Kroc approached Disney about opening a McDonald's at Disneyland, but the deal fell through when Kroc rebuffed Disney's demand to increase the price of McDonald's French fries from 10 to 15 cents.
Owner of the San Diego Padres (1974-1984); he made headlines when he publicly berated his team after a game.
Older brother of Robert Kroc and Lorraine Kroc.
Made a deal with Maurice McDonald and Richard McDonald in 1954 to be the exclusive franchisee for their McDonald's restaurant. When Kroc learned that the McDonalds had made a deal with another man to open franchises, Kroc bought him out, and, in 1961, bought the McDonalds' name and rights to their "speedee service system" concept for $2 million cash.
His net worth was estimated at five-hundred million dollars at the time of his death.
First invested into McDonald's at the age of 52.
Worked as a paper cup salesman, jazz musician, pianist and radio DJ before finding success in business.
He came up with the idea of franchising McDonald's.
Struggled with alcoholism for many years and joined AA late in life.
Inducted into the American National Business Hall of Fame.
He was the son of Rosalia/Rose Mary (Hrach) and Alois "Louis" Kroc. His father was a Czech immigrant, from Horní Stupno. His mother was born in Illinois, of Czech descent.

Personal Quotes (16)

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.
You're only as good as the people you hire.
The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
When you're green, your growing. When you're ripe, you rot.
Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.
As long as you're green, you're growing. As soon as you're ripe, you start to rot.
None of Us is as Good as All of Us.
If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.
We provide food that customers love, day after day after day. People just want more of it.
While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.
Its easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.
All money means to me is a pride in accomplishment.
We take the hamburger business more seriously than anyone else.
Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?

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