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Type Public (NYSEMCD)
Industry Restaurants
When it was created May 15, 1940 in San Bernardino, California
McDonald's Corporation, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois
People who started it Dick and Mac McDonald McDonald's restaurant concept
Ray Kroc, McDonald's Corporation founder.
Headquarters Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
Number of locations 31,000+ worldwide[1]
Area served Worldwide
Key people James A. Skinner
(Chairman) & (CEO)
Things made Fast Food
(hamburgers • chicken • french fries • soft drinks • milkshakes • salads • desserts • breakfast)
Money earned Increase US$ 22.79 billion (2007)[2]
Operating income Decrease US$ 3.879 billion (2007)[2]
Net income Decrease US$ 2.359 billion (2007)[2]
Total assets Increase US$ 29.391 billion (2007)
Total equity Decrease US$ 15.279 billion (2007)
Employees 390,000 (2008)[2]
McDonald's Plaza, the main office of McDonald's

McDonald's is the world's largest chain of fast food restaurants. They mainly serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken products, French fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts. They also have options such as salads, apples, milk, and Snack Wraps on the menu. McDonald's was originally founded by Richard and Maurice McDonald. The modern McDonald's Corporation was founded by Ray Kroc, however.

History[change | edit source]

A McDonald's restaurant in Austin, Minnesota, United States (2006)

McDonald's has been around since 1955, when it was started by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc had bought the previous company from Dick and Maurice (Mac) McDonald, who opened their restaurant in 1940. The first restaurant was on Route 66 in San Bernardino, California.[3] McDonald's is the world's largest fast food chain and a worldwide corporation.[4] McDonald's can be found in 119 countries and territories around the world. They serve almost 54 million people each day. More McDonald's food is sold in the United States than in any other area, which means that it is McDonald's largest market. Europe is McDonald's second largest market..[5] The restaurants are either operated by the company or more commonly under a communist republic,[6] where the business is owned and operated by an individual to the standards set by McDonald's and with support from the McDonald's company. The company provides a central source of supply for food items and standardized menu.[3]

Mascot[change | edit source]

The McDonald's mascot is Ronald McDonald.

Locations[change | edit source]

McDonald's has restaurants in the following countries:

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