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Date of Birth 27 August 1928St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Date of Death 12 October 2003Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA  (glioblastoma)
Birth NameJoan Beverly Mansfield
Nickname St. Joan of Arches

Mini Bio (1)

Joan B. Kroc was born on August 27, 1928 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Joan Beverly Mansfield. She was a producer, known for Mass Appeal (1984). She was married to Ray Kroc and Roland Smith. She died on October 12, 2003 in Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Ray Kroc (8 March 1969 - 14 January 1984) (his death)
Roland Smith (1945 - 1969) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

She inherited the San Diego Padres from her husband, Ray Kroc, in 1984. She sold the team in April 1990 to a group, led by television producer Tom Werner.
The biggest single private shareholder of the McDonald's fast food chain at the time of her death. Her late husband, Ray Kroc, was the Chairman of McDonald's.
With an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion, Kroc ranked #121 on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of America's wealthiest people.
Left National Public Radio over $200 million dollars in her Will, including $5 million to San Diego NPR station, KPBS.
Gave the Salvation Army a gift estimated to be in excess of $1.5 billion. The funds have been specifically designated for the development of community centers across the country, similar to the landmark Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in San Diego that opened two years ago. She loved the Salvation Army and wanted every facility to have an operating chapel. This is the largest donation to a charitable organization up to this date.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 316-318. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Sister-in-law of Robert Kroc.

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