Colonel Sanders(KFC)-Age ,Biography,Wife,Children,Networth and More

Nationality: Colonel Sanders was an American Businessman and Entrepreneur.Colonel Sanders

Date of Birth: September 9, 1890.

Home Town: Henry Ville.

Founder: Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

Read about American Businessman, Entrepreneur and KFC Founder and colonel sanders biography children, wife, facts, net worth, story, death

Colonel Harland David Sanders Biography

Colonel Sanders whose full name was Colonel Harland David Sanders as he was commonly known was an American businessman and the founder of ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ Corporation. Sanders remains the official face of KFC and appears on its logo to date. In 1976, Sanders was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.

Origin and Early Life:

Sanders was born on 9th Sept 1890 in a farmer’s family at Henryville, Indiana, United States. He was the oldest of his 3 siblings. Due to the death of his father in 1895, Sanders’s mother started to work and young Sanders who was just five had to look after his siblings when his mother was at work. By the age of seven, he also managed to cook food.


Sanders began his career at nearly half the age that we do today. At the age of ten, he started working as a farmhand at a local farm. By the time he was twelve his mother remarried and they moved to Greenwood, Indiana.

Sanders had a very stormy relationship with his Stepfather and soon when he was thirteen he finally dropped out of seventh grade and left his home and took a job of Horse Carriage painting in Indianapolis.

From then he switched his careers from being a Steam Engine Stoker (fireman) in 1907 to an insurance salesman in 1916 and even Filling Station Operator. In 1920, he even established a ferry boat company and this was an instant success.

But later he sold it to invest money in an acetylene lamp manufacturing company. In 1924, he met the General Manager of Standard Oil of Kentucky and started a Service Station in Nicholasville. In 1930, the Station closed due to the Great Depression.

Nearly four years, Sanders served chicken dishes and other meals from his own dining room table.

The Turning point and The Story of KFC

Sanders’s whole life was with twists and turns. Right from his unstable careers to a perfect decision of franchising his Secret Recipe that changed his life.

This was the year 1939, sanders had acquired a motel in North Carolina and everything was going well until one day an enormous fire broke out in the motel turning Sanders’s dream into ash.

But this did not break Sanders. He rebuilds his motel but this time with 140- seat restaurant.

Sanders was a man who always dreamed big. Living his dream sanders kept experimenting with his secret recipe. And finally, by July 1940, he successfully nailed down his Secret Recipe with a mixture of 11 herbs and spices.

As it is said that it’s not in our hands every time, unfortunately, Sanders had to close down his motel as tourists dried up in America due to the entry of the USA in World War II.

Then in 1952, Sanders finally franchised his Secret Recipe ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ for the first time to a city’s largest restaurant. This tripled the restaurant’s profit and soon several other restaurant owners came to franchise the concept.

Sanders nearly traveled the whole USA looking for suitable restaurants for the franchise and also got so many rejections.

He often had to spend his night sleeping in his own car and again resume the search the next morning. This franchise approach became highly successful and soon KFC became one of the first American fast-food chains to expand internationally.

After Success

Harland Sanders was recommissioned as a Colonel in 1950 (first in 1935) and this time he began to dress the part, growing a goatee and wearing a White Suite and a string tie.

In 1962, Sanders patented his method of pressure frying chicken and even trademarked the phrase “It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good ” in 1963.

Finally, in 1964, 73 years old Sanders sold KFC Corporation for $ 2 million and became a salaried brand ambassador. He remained the company symbol even after selling it and traveled 2,00,000 miles a year on the company’s behalf, filming TV commercials and appearances.


Sanders died of pneumonia on December 16, 1980, at the age of 90. By that time there were an estimated 6000 KFC outlets with $ 2 billion sales annually. ‘Claudia Sanders Dinner House’ opened by Sanders and his wife Claudia in Kentucky, USA is the only Non-KFC restaurant that serves “Original Recipe” fried chicken till date.

Colonel Sanders Profile and Facts:

Colonel sander’s wife: Colonel married two times in 1909 he married to Josephine King, the marriage last till 1949. With her, he hs 3 children.

He later married to Claudia Price.

Colonel sanders children: His son name was Harland Jr, and two daughter’s name is Mildred Marie Sanders Ruggles and Margaret Josephine

Harland Jr died at the age of 20 of complications from blood poisoning.

Mildred Marie Sanders Ruggles born on 15 Aug 1919 and died in 2010.

Margaret Josephine Sanders was born in 29 March 2010 and died in 2001.

Colonel sanders facts.

Sanders started his first restaurant within a gas channel.

The colonel delivered infants and practiced law prior to hitting it big in food.

People often ask Is Colonel Sanders a real colonel? Sanders served in the army but was a honorary colonel. He served in Cuba for a few months.

His earliest Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was first at Utah.

Colonel sanders net worth: He has 3.5 million dollars at the time of his death.

Colonel sander’s death: Sanders has been diagnosed with acute leukemia at June 1980. He expired at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, of pneumonia on December 16, 1980, at Age 90.

Colonel sanders movie: in 1998 a movie named Colonel Sanders: America’s Chicken King released where Jack Perkins, Harland Sanders acted.



• Every happening in life has its importance. Who knew just taking care of his siblings and preparing food for them sometimes would make Sanders invent one of the world’s best recipes. If we have to say in his words then “ It’s finger-licking’ good “.

• Failing every time doesn’t mean that you are a failure. Everyone has their own path with different destinations.

•It’s just that some reach early and for some, it takes a while. Sanders started KFC when he was 65yrs old that’s the time when everyone is nearly enjoying their retirement.

• Sanders was rejected by so many peoples when he took his recipe to different restaurants for the franchise but this did not stop him from being America’s second most popular fast-food chain.
• Sanders’s life teaches us that there is no other reward other than success for Hard work and courage. Courage to stand up each time you fail and keep going.

Sanders had already lost four jobs by the age of seventeen but this did not stop him. He was a failure at almost all his business venture but that did not stop him from thinking of a new one. He lived his dream, you can also make it happen.

“ I made a resolve then that, I was going to amount to something if I could. And then no hours, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know”.

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