Burger King began in 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida as Insta-Burger King. The company was founded by Keith J. Kramer and Matthew Burns.
In 1957, the Whopper is introduced.
The company was purchased by David Edgerton and James McLamore in 1959 and renamed to Burger King.
By 1967, there were over 250 Burger King locations and the company was purchased by the Pillsbury Company.
In 1975, the company introduces drive-thru windows.
In 1989, Grand Metropolitan PLC acquired Pillsbury and Burger King.
In 1997, Grand Metropolitan merges with Guinness & Co to form Diageo PLC.
In 2002, the Burger King is purchased from Diageo by Texas Pacific, Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs.
In 2006, the company goes public.
In 2010, Burger King is acquired by 3G Capital and taken private.
Today, Burger King is one of the largest fast food chains in the world. There are over 12,000 restaurants in 73 countries.