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Glen Bell

Glen Bell

American businessman
Glen Bell
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Quick Facts

Intro American businessman
Known for Founder of the Taco Bell
Was Businessperson Entrepreneur
From United States of America
Type Business
Gender male
Birth 3 September 1923, Lynwood, United States of America
Death 16 January 2010, Rancho Santa Fe, United States of America (aged 86 years)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
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Glen William Bell Jr. (September 3, 1923 – January 16, 2010) was an American entrepreneur who founded the Taco Bell chain of restaurants.

Born in Lynwood, California, Glen Bell graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a cook during World War II. After the Marines he started his first hot dog stand 'Bell's Drive-In', in San Bernardino in 1948. In 1952, he sold the hot dog stand and built a second location selling hot dogs and hamburgers. He soon started selling tacos at a taco stand named Taco-Tia at 19 cents each from a side window. Between 1954 and 1955, he opened three Taco Tias in the San Bernardino area, eventually selling those restaurants and opening four El Tacos with a partner in the Long Beach area.

In 1962, he went solo and sold the El Tacos to his partner and opened his first Taco Bell. Bell franchised his restaurant in 1964. His company grew rapidly, and the 868-restaurant chain was later sold to PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 million in stock.

West Side and Cherry Valley Railroad

In the late 1970s, Bell opened a tourist railroad at Tuolumne, California. He was a life-long railway enthusiast. This 3 ft (914 mm) gauge railroad used the lower section of the track and several steam locomotives of the West Side Lumber Company railway. The operation offered boat rides on the old mill pond and RV parking. It closed in the early 1980s after failing traffic.


Bell died on January 16, 2010, at age 86 in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He was survived by wife Martha, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and three sisters.

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