KFC is a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the world's second largest restaurant chain (as measured by sales) after McDonald's, with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries and territories as of December 2013. The company is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains.
KFC was founded by Harland Sanders (also known as Colonel Sanders, pictured in the brand's logo). The first franchise restaurant opened in 1952. The chain was named Kentucky Fried Chicken until 1991, when they officially changed their name to KFC.