• Last Year Rank: 1
  • Investment Range: $1,366,000 - $2,450,000
  • Initial Investment: $45,000
  • Category: Restaurant
1. McDonald’s

Company Description

Standing as one of the most recognizable and profitable restaurant chain in history, McDonald’s trademark menu items have made it an icon of American fast food throughout the world.

Standing as one of the most recognizable and profitable restaurant chains in history, McDonald’s trademark menu items have made it an icon of American fast food throughout the world. 

McDonald’s has around 40,000 locations in more than 100 countries, with the majority of its restaurants being franchised. The fast-food chain caters to its international locations by offering unique options in each country, such as a shrimp burger in Japan and the vegetarian McAloo Tikki Burger in India. 

The company is the first restaurant chain to set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a plan that’s approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. McDonald’s changed from plastic to paper straws in its United Kingdom and other locations, but faced criticism because the paper straws aren’t recyclable. The chain has also faced criticism for its workers’ rights, low wages, animal welfare and use of artificial ingredients. 

Company Statistics

  • Global Sales: $112,500,000,000
  • US Units: 13,438
  • International Units: 26,593
  • Total Units: 40,031
  • Percent Franchised: 93%
  • % International Units: 66%
  • US Franchised Units: 12,775
  • International Franchised Units: 24,250
  • Sales Growth %: 20.6%
  • Unit Growth %: 2.1%