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Did the McDonald's brothers get ripped off?

The brothers ultimately lost out on millions
By 1960, Kroc had franchised 228 McDonald's that were pulling in $56 million annually. The McDonald brothers and Kroc had both become wealthy, but Kroc would become filthy rich when he bought them out in 1961 for $2.7 million.

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Similarly, did the McDonald's brothers get royalties?

Since McDonald's was cash-poor in 1961, Ray asked the brothers if he could pay their requested $2.7 million over time. The brothers said no, that if Ray couldn't come up with the cash, they'd continue to collect their . 5% royalty. Harry found a backer, and the brothers got their money.

Beside above, are the McDonald's brothers still alive? Maurice J. McDonald died in Riverside, California, on December 11, 1971, at the age of 69. His younger brother, Richard, died in Manchester, New Hampshire, on July 14, 1998, at the age of 89.

Just so, what happened to the original owners of McDonald's?

Ray Kroc tore into Richard and Maurice McDonald when they demanded $2.7 million for their company in 1961. When Richard McDonald died in 1998 having outlived his brother he left a will of just $1.8 million - and spent his final days in a humble three-bedroom suburban home.

How much did Ray Kroc pay the McDonald's brothers?

In 1961, he bought the company for $2.7 million, calculated so as to ensure each brother $1 million after taxes. Obtaining the funds for the buyout was difficult due to existing debt from expansion. However, Harry Sonneborn, whom Kroc referred to as his "financial wizard", was able to raise the required funds.

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