Although the McDonalds Corporation itself began with the brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in 1948, the modern face of the company – the ubiquitous franchises – began in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955, when Ray Kroc opened up his first franchise location.
In 1961 – after the company had already grown to well over a hundred locations – Kroc bought out the McDonalds brothers, who were insufficiently expansionist for his tastes. Kroc was an old army buddy of Walt Disney’s, and envisioned an empire to rival Disney’s. He got it.
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