Burger King's Appetite for CEOs

Would-be investors in Burger King had plenty of reasons to be wary of wagering on the company's upcoming initial public offering. Among them: slowing sales growth, patty-thin margins, and a franchise network that has been so reduced that the fast-food chain has slipped to No. 3 in the burger business, behind Wendy's (WEN) and, of course, McDonald's (MCD).

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