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McDonald’s Has a Secret Gold Membership for the World’s Billionaires

The McGold card grants a user unlimited access to McDonald’s food: They’re given out to high-profile people with connections

You might brag about your Starbucks gold card, but when it comes to chain restaurant membership perks, nothing beats the secret McDonald’s gold card. The McGold — which allows the recipient free McDonald’s anytime — can’t easily be bought, and is usually given to high-profile celebrities or people with connections to big-time franchisees.

Warren Buffet had a gold card that allowed him to order any McDonald’s food anytime at a McDonald’s location in Omaha, according to CNBC. Comedian Rob Lowe got a gold card from a friend whose father, David Peterson, invented the Egg McMuffin.

Peterson’s son actually wields the power to give out gold cards to anyone he wants. He usually gifts them to friends, celebrities, and everyday people who did heroic deeds, like Charles Ramsey, the man who dropped his Big Mac to rescue three kidnapped woman in 2013.

In most instances, these gold cards have a time limit, only granting the recipient a year or six months of free food. But in some rare cases, the card is for life. Mitt Romney has often told the story that his father had a “little pink card” that awarded him free McDonald’s, given by owner Ray Croc himself. 

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