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Subway's cofounder pursued franchisees' wives, appeared in a shirtless calendar, and had a secret adopted child

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Fred DeLuca in an internal Subway employee calendar.

Subway co-founder and long-time CEO Fred DeLuca became famous for his rags-to-riches story of building the brand into the largest restaurant chain in the world by location.

But, behind the scenes, insiders say DeLuca’s behavior could spark concerns.

In 2000, for example, a shirtless calendar of Subway executives was distributed among insiders at the company. DeLuca was the January model, posing in a darkened office. He is shirtless, holding a glass of what appears to be champagne in one hand and a blue notebook labeled “executive order” in the other.

Other months of the calendar feature the chain’s chief development officer Don Fertman shirtless in a conference room and Dick Pilchen – Subway’s first employee turned marketing guru – posing in the shower.

Don Fertman, Fred DeLuca, and Dick Pilchen in an internal Subway employee calendar.

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