• Husband and wife duo Andrew and Peggy Cherng are the co-CEOs of Panda Restaurant Group, the company behind Panda Express.
  • Over the course of 35 years, the husband and wife team have overseen Panda Express' growth from a single restaurant in a California mall to a 2,000-restaurant worldwide empire, The New York Times' Kerry Hanon reported in 2018.
  • The couple has a combined net worth of $3 billion, Forbes estimates.

Over the course of 45 years, college sweethearts Andrew and Peggy Cherng have grown Panda Express from a single restaurant in a southern California mall to a 2,000-location empire around the world.

The married couple founded the company in the early 1980s and continues to own and operate every Panda Express themselves. Today, the Cherngs have amassed a combined net worth of $3 billion, Forbes estimates, making them two of the richest people in fast food.

But the Cherngs weren't always on track to build a fast-food empire. Keep reading to learn how the Cherngs built their multibillion-dollar fortune.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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