We tend to think of fast food chains as having arrived in the world fully formed, with their extra value meals and experimental breakfast initiatives raring and ready to go, backed by a massive board of executives. But even the world’s largest companies got their start somewhere, usually with just one person (or a small group of people) and a great idea. These are the individuals responsible for unleashing the 10 biggest fast food chains upon America.
Everyone (and everything) has to start somewhere, and the founding of the biggest companies tend to closely resemble the founding of the smallest companies: with a group of highly dedicated people putting in long hours and late nights, working hard to make their dream a reality. Some of the biggest fast food chains were quickly bought by larger companies which then engineered their expansions, but other founders stayed on board to make their visions the household names they are today.
Some of these companies were founded by young entrepreneurs, others were started by lifelong businessmen who could afford the investment, and others were last-ditch efforts during desperate times. But their creations all ended up in the same place: firmly engrained into the American culinary scene. Some have strayed a bit from the original visions, but a surprisingly large number of these chains still adhere to their founding principles and concepts, albeit with slightly expanded menus.
So if you’re thinking about starting your own company, keep in mind that every mighty oak starts as an acorn, and even the biggest companies started small. Read on to learn about the people behind the 10 biggest fast food chains in American.
Burger King: James McLamore and David R. Edgerton
Chick-fil-A: S. Truett Cathy