John Y. Brown never stops innovating

John Y. Brown never stops innovating

2010 Golden Chain Pioneer Award winner

John Y. Brown, a former governor of Kentucky who helped create the modern restaurant franchising industry as co-owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken from 1964 through 1971, says the defining speech of his life came in a convention hall, but not of the political variety.

Current role: entrepreneur
Career highlights: Bought Kentucky Fried Chicken
in 1964, helped it grow from 600 to 3,500 stores; served as governor of Kentucky, 1979-1983; owner,

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