One winter a girl named Joan Mansfield won a city skating competition. Long into the night, they talked. She attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to understand his behavior. The $200 million bequest to National Public Radio also followed careful consideration. I guess we will have to see what Hollywood did to Ray's story. For years, I believed that the late Joan Kroc was an angel. He started skating on a lark after the center opened. The 20 Richest People In The U.S. As of now, McDonald’s has approximately 36,615 outlets. Born in 1902 and died in 1984, the businessman had a successful career during his lifetime while also having a great married life with his wife, Joan Kroc. She also gave $30 million, plus $50 million in her will, to found a peace institute at the University of San Diego. In specifying that the Salvation Army use her $1.5 billion to build 25 or 30 centers for recreation and arts, Kroc also sounds a little like Carnegie, whose thousands of libraries also were conceived to provide access to opportunity. Since I was married, too, the spark that ignited when our eyes met had to be ignored, but I would never forget it.”, He was about 25 years older than Joan, but the spark was mutual. He was raised in Oak Park. “She said, ’I’m going to give you 100,000,’ " Carter recalls, "and I was feeling very pleased to get $100,000, but then she finished the sentence by saying, ’ shares of McDonald’s stock.’ ". . Consider the “chaste” designation. They had lots of power in San Diego, but didn't throw it around. And so one of the great American fortunes was being spent down, one surprise at a time, a seemingly whimsical redistribution of treasure. From the Chicago Tribune: 13 September 1973: BARG Lynn J. Barg, nee Kroc, of Arlington Heights , formerly of Evanston, loving wife of James W. ; fond daughter of Raymond A. and the late Ethel J. Kroc. “It probably means that the good will be done sooner, rather than have it deferred and doled out at 5 percent a year.”, “She’s basically saying, ‘Look, rather than creating a foundation to guard my assets and spend them wisely, I’m going to give them to the organizations that have proven themselves to me over the years,’” says Paul C. Light, a scholar of nonprofits at New York University.