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8. Pizza Hut

Last Year's Rank: 7

Investment Range: $175,900 - $2,253,500

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


The largest pizza chain in the world, Pizza Hut is operated by Yum Brands, along with popular fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell. Since 1971, Pizza Hut has been the top pizza brand in the country in terms of both unit count and revenue.

Founded in 1958 by brothers Frank and Dan Carney in Wichita, Kansas, Pizza Hut has grown to over 16,000 locations in more than 100 countries. Its pizza has also been delivered to the White House.

Pizza Hut is also the first national pizza company to commit to using antibiotic-free chicken in their products such as chicken wings.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $12,034,000,000

US Units: 7,497

International Units: 9,251

Total Units: 16,748

Percent Franchised: 99%

% International Units: 55%

US Franchised Units: 7,401

International Franchised Units: 9,187

Sales Growth %: 0.12%

Unit Growth %: 2.05%

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