Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984)
Kroc is responsible for turning McDonald’s into the world’s dominant fast-
food chain after joining the company in 1954. Between the end of the First
World war and the early 1950s he tried his hand at a number of trades
including paper cup salesman, pianist, jazz musician, band member and
radio DJ at Oak Park radio station WGES.
In 1955, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, IL.
and bought out the McDonald’s brothers in 1961.