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, Lums; co-founder of Kenny Rogers Roasters Birth ...

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