"Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc" was an United States/American businessman. He joined McDonald's in 1954 or 1955 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. 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. Similar to another fast-food giant, KFC founder Colonel Sanders/Harland Sanders, Kroc's success came late in life when he was past his 50th birthday.

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