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Raymond Albert Kroc (Ray Kroc)

businessman , entrepreneur , creator of McDonald's

A pioneering businessman who applied the principles of mass production to a service industry, Ray Kroc is regarded as one of the greatest businessmen of all time for his contribution in making McDonald's the largest fast-food franchise in the world.


Ethnicity: His family were immigrants from the village Břasy near Plzeň, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic).

Kroc was born on October 5, 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois, near Chicago, to parents of Czech origin, Rose Mary (Hrach) and Alois "Louis" Kroc.


Oak Park, IL, dropped out


At the age of 15 he dealed with printed music and musical instruments.

During the First World War he lied about his age and became a Red Cross ambulance driver at 15.

Between the end of the 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.

At one time, Ray worked for room and board at one of Ray Dambaugh's restaurants in the midwest to learn the restaurant business. He eventually became a multi-mixer milkshake machine salesman, traveling across the country.


  • Invented a multi cocktail shaker, with the help of which 5 cocktails could be mixed simultaneous (1937), become the only salesman of this shaker.

    Founded "McDonald’s System, Inc" - the apple of all his life.

    The Ray Kroc Award was established by the McDonald's Corporation in 1999, and is an annual award given to the top 1% of McDonald's managers from their 14,000 restaurants in the United States.

    Outside of the business world, he was admired for having purchased the San Diego Padres major league baseball team in order to prevent them from being moved to Washington, D.C.

    As CEO of the McDonald's Corporation, Kroc amassed a fortune of 500 million dollars. He was named by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People" in the category, "Titans of Industry".





Kroc's foundation supported research and treatment of alcoholism, diabetes, and other diseases. He established the Ronald McDonald House foundation. He was a major donor to the Dartmouth Medical School.

Quotations: If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.

When you're green, your growing. When you're ripe, you rot.


Physical Characteristics : Ray Kroc had suffered a stroke in 1978 and his health steadily deteriorated throughout the latter part of the decade until he was confined to a wheelchair in the early 80s.


  • Other Interests

    Business, trade, inventions, publicity.

    Author of books:

    Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's (1977).


    Kroc's foundation supported research and treatment of alcoholism, diabetes, and other diseases. He established the Ronald McDonald House foundation. He was a major donor to the Dartmouth Medical School.


Kroc was married three times, first marrying his high school sweetheart, Ethel Fleming, in 1922; the couple divorced in 1961, upon his accquisition of the McDonalds Corp. His second marriage was to Jane Dobbins Green (1963-68), a secretary, which also ended in divorce. His third marriage, to the former Joan Mansfield Smith, a recently divorced ex-wife of one of his early franchisees, Rowland F. Smith, a WWII Navy veteran, was on March 8, 1969. He stayed with his third wife till the end of his life.

Louis Kroc - Western Union


Rose Kroc

Piano teacher

Robert Kroc

Lorraine Groh

Has a multiple sclerosis

1-st wife:
Ethel Fleming

(m. 1922, div. 1961)

2-nd wife:
Jane Dobbins Green

(m. 1963; div. 1968)

3-rd wife:
Joan B. Kroc - philanthropist
Joan B. Kroc - 3-rd wife of Raymond Kroc

(m. 1969; his death 1984)


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