Michael and Marian Ilitch, the founders of Little Caesars® Pizza,
dreamed big, took risks, and grew one pizza shop in a Detroit suburb
into an international pizza chain.
It started with a little-known snack food called “pizza” brought home
by World War II soldiers returning from Italy. Mike and Marian saw
promise in this new food and were passionate about starting their own
pizza business. They invested their $10,000 life savings toward opening a
single Little Caesars shop in 1959. To grow the chain, Mike and Marian
franchised their stores, ultimately giving thousands of individuals the
opportunity to own their own business. Mike and Marian took personal
pride in helping franchisees grow their businesses and providing
employment opportunities for young crew members.
More than 50 years later, Little Caesars is an internationally known brand.