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Ray Kroc
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Entrepreneur
    (October 5, 1902-January 14, 1984)
    Founded the McDonald's Corporation (1955)
    Opened the 500th McDonalds (1965)
    Opened the 1,000th McDonalds (1968)
    Purchased the San Diego Padres (1974)
    Speaking of his fast food competition, he said: 'This is rat eat rat, dog eat dog. I'll kill 'em, and I'm going to kill 'em before they kill me.'
    McDonald's was an original single restaurant (1953) until he built the chain for the McDonald Brothers, and eventually bought the entire operation for just $2.7 million (1961).
    His hamburgers are called 'Junk Food.'
    He said: 'It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.'
    He capitalized on the idea of 'eat and run,' rather than dine.
    He believes in friendly service, low cost, no waiting and no reservations.
    At 15 years old, he lied about his age to join the Red Cross and help aid WW I soldiers.
    When he founded the McDonald's chain, he was 52 with diabetes and arthritis (1955).
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 18 Votes: 61.11% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 15 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 45 Votes: 77.78% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 16 Votes: 43.75% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 36 Votes: 69.44% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 32 Votes: 46.88% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 41 Votes: 41.46% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 118 Votes: 44.92% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 141 Votes: 47.52% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 271 Votes: 46.49% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 309 Votes: 49.19% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1056 Votes: 42.61% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 2022 Votes: 48.52% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 4675 Votes: 49.26% Annoying
 
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