Glen Bell

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For the rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s for Scotland, Featherstone Rovers, and Dewsbury Rams, see Glenn Bell.
Glen Bell
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Born Glen William Bell, Jr.
(1923-09-03)September 3, 1923
Lynwood, California, United States
Died January 16, 2010(2010-01-16) (aged 86)
Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States
Resting place Rancho Santa Fe, California
Occupation Entrepreneur
Years active 1948–2010
Known for Founder of Taco Bell restaurants
Spouse(s) Martha Bell
Children James Bell and Andrew Bell

Glen William Bell, Jr. (September 3, 1923 – January 16, 2010)[1][2] was the founder of the Taco Bell chain of restaurants.

Born in Lynwood, California, Glen Bell attended and graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1941.[3] He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Bell left the military in 1946 and started his first hot dog stand, called Bell's Drive-In, in San Bernardino in 1948.[4] In 1952, he sold the hot dog stand and built a second stand that sold hot dogs and hamburgers. Shortly thereafter, he started selling tacos at a taco stand named Taco-Tia at the price of 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.[citation needed]

In 1962, he decided to go solo and sold the El Tacos to his partner and opened his first Taco Bell. Bell franchised his restaurant in 1964.[4] His company grew rapidly, and the 868-restaurant chain was later sold to PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 million in stock.[citation needed]


Bell died from a heart attack on January 16, 2010 at age 86 in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He was survived by his wife Martha, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and three sisters.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (January 18, 2010). "Glen W. Bell Jr., Founder of Taco Bell, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Taco Bell". 
  3. ^ "San Bernardino City Schools - Official Website - Distinguished Cardinal Citizens". 1936-12-07. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Taco Bell founder dies at age 86". MSNBC. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2015-01-29.