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Founders of Famous American Businesses

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  • Charles Elmer Doolin (1903 - 1959)
    Charles Elmer Doolin, founder of the Frito Company, businessman, inventor, farmer, and board member, was born on January 10, 1903, in Kansas City, Kansas. He was the son of Charles Bernard Doolin and...
  • Al Copeland (1944 - 2008)
    Alvin Charles Copeland (February 2, 1944 – March 23, 2008) was an American entrepreneur who founded the Popeyes fast food chain. He was also a successful restaurateur who created many successful upsc...
  • Wayne Kent Taylor (1955 - 2021)
    Wayne Kent Taylor (September 27, 1955 – March 18, 2021) was an American businessman. He was the founder and CEO of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain.
  • Colonel Sanders (1890 - 1980)
    Kentucky Fried Chicken, pioneered by Colonel Harland Sanders, has grown to become one of the largest quick service food service systems in the world - with more than a billion "finger lickin' good" Ken...
  • Domenico Ghirardelli, Sr. (1817 - 1894)
    Domenico "Domingo" Ghirardelli, Sr. (February 21, 1817 – January 17, 1894) was the founder of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in San Francisco, California. Oakland Tribune, Brenda Payton, Aug 29, 20...

The founders of American companies of world renown.