Ray Kroc Joshua Cornett

Life of Ray Kroc

Born: October 5, 1902

Oak Park, Illinois, U.S

Kroc grew up and spent most of his life in Oak Park, Illinois.

Died: January 14, 1984

San Diego, California, U.S

He was 81 years old

COD: Heart Failure

Parents of Czech origin,

Rose Mary and Alois "Louis" Kroc.

His father was from the village of Břasy near Plzeň, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic).

Lied about his age and became a Red Cross ambulance driver at 15 during World War 1.

World War 1 ambulance

While in grammar school,

1. Created a lemonade stand

2. He worked in a grocery store

3. Spent a summer behind the soda fountain in his uncle's grocery store.


Lily-Tulip Cup Co.

Prince Castle DeKalb, Illinios 1928

Life at Home

Ray was married three times before his death, with the previous two ending in divorce.

Marilyn Kroc was from Ray's 3rd and final marriage with Ethel Flemming. Marilyn was 49 years old when she died.


Prince Castle Multi-Mixer

McDonald's + Disney = $$$

Walt Disney

San Diego Padres

$12 million

He died of heart failure at a hospital in San Diego.


Original McDonald's
Speedee Logo

Speedee Service introduced in 1948

Kroc maintained the assembly line "Speedee Service System" for hamburger preparation even after he acquired McDonald's.

Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The brothers gave Kroc the exclusive rights to sell the McDonald's method.

Ray opened his first McDonald's in April 1955 in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines.

- Meticulously clean

- Efficient restaurant

- Showcase

For each franchise he sold

Collect 1.9 % of the gross sales.

McDonald's get one-half percent.

Kroc sold 18 franchises his first year

Wasn't making money


Single-store franchises


Kroc vs. McDonald's

Kroc - McDonald's = Control

$2.7 Million Cash

1.9% annual royalty. 2% = NO NO

Agreement + Handshake = NO DEAL

The Big M = BYE BYE


1 in 8 Americans has worked for McDonald's

By November 30th, 1984, McDonald's had sold 50 million burgers.

As of September 30, 2016, There are 36,615 locations world wide.

Hamburger University is a place where students earn their degrees in "Hamburgerology" with a minor in french fries.

The McDonald's golden arches are now more recognizable around the world than the Christian cross.

By the 1970s, McDonald's was the largest food supplier in the country and would remain so through the next two decades.

Ray Kroc's Journey

Ray Kroc's Journey to building an Empire

Interview with Kroc

1. What is your favorite item on the menu?

2. What made you who you are today?

3. If you could go back to school, would you?

4. If you could change the past, what would you change?

5. Have you ever felt like giving up when it times got hard?

Ray Kroc

October 5, 1902 - January 14, 1984

“If I had a brick for every time I’ve repeated the phrase Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value, I think I’d probably be able to bridge the Atlantic Ocean with them.” – Ray Kroc

Created By
Joshua Cornett


Made By Joshua Cornett - Senior at Hoover High School

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