Truett Cathy is a real life Horatio Alger story. He grew up in a boarding house his mother operated, where he learned the principles of hard work, honestly, loyalty and respect. When he opened a small restaurant in 1946 with his brother Ben, he put those principles to work and immediately began to experience the rewards. Twenty-one years later Truett opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant, which was unique in two ways: it served the first boneless breast chicken sandwich, and it was the first fast food restaurant in a shopping mall. Today there are more than 1,000 restaurants with more than $1 billion in sales annually.