McDonald’s Corporation was started on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Originally the business began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by the eponymous Richard and Maurice McDonald. Later on businessman Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955 and thus McDonald’s Corporation started their successful journey. Today McDonald’s operates over 31,000 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people. Being the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, their brand name is well know around the world.