Episode 71

Paul and Matthew Tulaphorn ·  Becoming an Owner-Operator of Eight McDonald’s Locations

Paul Tulaphorn is a Southern California McDonald’s owner-operator, with eight locations in Los Angeles County. Paul immigrated to the US from Thailand in 1976, where he began working at McDonald’s for $2.10 an hour. In 1978, Paul was promoted to swing manager and became a franchisee in 1994. Paul is married and has three children, including his son Matthew.


Matthew Tulaphorn is a Southern California McDonald’s next-generation owner-operator. He began working as a crewmember in his father’s restaurants at age 12. Matthew graduated from Stanford Law School and became the owner-operator of his first restaurant in 2020.


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