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4. Burger King

Last Year's Rank: 4

Investment Range: $323,100 - $3,102,600

Initial Franchise Fee: $50,000

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description

Burger King is the second largest burger chain in the world after McDonald's. Known for signature food items such as the Whopper and Chicken Fries, Burger King has nearly 20,000 locations worldwide, all of which are franchised.

Founded in 1954, it is owned by 3G Capital, a global investment firm that formed the Kraft Heinz Company through the acquisition of H. J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group.

Burger King uses a number of franchise strategies, including relying on certain regional franchises to sign-on new franchisees on the company's behalf.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $21,624,000,000

US Units: 7,330

International Units: 10,466

Total Units: 17,796

Percent Franchised: 100%

% International Units: 59%

US Franchised Units: 7,280

International Franchised Units: 10,466

Sales Growth %: 7.7%

Unit Growth %: 6.1%

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