KFC’s ad campaign features Saturday Night Live’s Darrell Hammond, but the real fast food icon is Harland Sanders. This man chose to follow an unlikely and strange path and laid the foundation of a multibillion-dollar company.
By profession, Harland was an entrepreneur and professional chef. He did not want to work as a chef like his mates and had no franchise of Kentucky Fried Chicken until his 60. By his 75, Harland Sanders not only formed KFC and made it recognized world over, but he became a trusted name in the fast food industry and sold the company for millions to billions of dollars.
He was born in 1890 in Indiana and was raised in a distant farmhouse. When Harland Sanders was six years old, his dad passed away, and his mother had faced various problems looking after her three children.
However, Harland helped his mother a lot in taking care and educating his younger sister and brother. They used to spend days working out of the town, and it was one of Harland’s main capabilities. By his 7, he had become a decent and reliable cook who used to prepare meals and sold it for pennies.
At the age of 12, Harland Sanders came to know that his mom wanted to remarry. So, his brother was sent to a boarding school, and Sanders was forced to work on a farm nearly 60 miles away from his hometown.
Nothing could stop him from becoming successful, and Harland Sanders finally came to realize that he wanted to earn a living and was not born to be a chef or an ordinary teacher. In 1930, he successfully acquired a service station in Corbin, Kentucky, and started serving the classic southern dishes to his guests.
Soon the location became popular due to its food, and Harland spent a lot of money on its renovation. He then converted this tiny food store into a full-fledged restaurant and started earning a lot of money.
Now, KFC has countless franchises in the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and other parts of the world, thanks to Harland Sanders for making it possible.