Subway’s DeLuca, a sandwich king who flew past McDonald’s

The self-made billionaire who heads up sandwich maker Subway, now the world’s largest fast food chain in terms of restaurants, never thought his operation would become bigger than McDonald’s.

“It was just a way to pay my way through college,” Fred DeLuca, who started his business at age 17, told AFP at a newly opened restaurant in Stockholm on Thursday.

“But we did have a goal,” he added, explaining that he and associate Peter Buck, who lent him 1,000 dollars to open his first store in 1965, aimed to open 32 Subways over the next 10 years. Today, “to have 1,000 times as many is unbelievable,” said DeLuca.

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