Can you imagine a world without the Big Mac? Or Chicken McNuggets? Or Happy Meals? Luckily, back in 1954, a man named Ray Kroc discovered a small burger restaurant in California, and wrote the first page of our history. From that humble start as a small restaurant, we're proud to have become one of the world's leading food service retailer in 118 countries, with more than 34,000 restaurants serving nearly 69 million people every day.