Table: A Brief History of Bob's
Founded in Rio de Janeiro by U.S. tennis star Bob Falkenburg. Bob's burgers and hot dogs become a hit with Brazilian glitterati.
Falkenburg returns to U.S. and sells out to Libby do Brasil, subsequently taken over by Nestle.
Bob's launches the Big Bob, four years before the Big Mac lands on Brazilian shores.
Nestle sells Bob's to Dutch group Vendex.
Brazil Fast Food buys Bob's with $20 million raised on Nasdaq.
From 78 restaurants in 1996, Bob's starts the year with 225.