Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc
(October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984)
Ray Kroc was a fast food industry businessman who took over the small-
scale McDonald’s Corporation franchise in 1954 and built it into the most
successful fast food business in the world. Kroc was included in Time 100:
The Most Important People of the Century. He owned the San Diego Padres
baseball team from 1974.