Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984)
Businessman Ray Kroc joined McDonald’s in 1954 and turned it into the
world’s dominant fast-food chain after buying the business for $2.7 million
Kroc was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century,
and amassed a fortune during his lifetime. He owned the San Diego Padres
baseball team from 1974 until his death in 1984.