10 Most Popular Fast Food
Restaurants In The World

By Abhinandan Lawati

These food chains have made their presence known throughout the corners of the world and have earned substantial amount of money while doing so. Today, we will be looking at some of the most popular fast food restaurants in the world. Feeding a hungry world really does pay off as these companies increase their bottom line easily.

Here are some interesting facts for you before we begin the list:

  • In Australia, Burger King is known as Hungry Jack.
  • Taco Bell is labeled as American food in Mexico.
  • In 2001, Pizza Hut made a delivery to the International Space station. The delivery charge was around $1 million.
  • Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, claimed White Castle to be his favorite fast food restaurant.
  • Pizza Hut uses 300 million pounds of cheese every year.
  • McDonalds operates in 126 countries and employs 400,000 people
  • 61% of the residents in Hong Kong eat fast food at least once a week. The highest percentage in the world. This is followed by Malaysia with 59%.
  • The fast food industry in the world is expected to generate a revenue of $240 Billion in 2014

1. McDonald’s

mc donalds is the most popular fast food restaurant in the worldMcDonalds is the most popular fast food restaurant in the world. If you happen to be a franchisee you are gonna get rich! But requirements are very strict

McDonald’s is easily head and shoulders above its competitors when it comes to a popularity contest. The restaurant chain serves over 68 million hungry consumers everyday in over 126 countries. According to various reliable sources, McDonald’s earned revenues close to $28 billion in 2013.

2. KFC

kfc most popular fast food restaurants in the worldWho thought that selling fried chicken can be so lucrative? We have Colonel Sanders to thank

With around 11,798 restaurants all over the world, the restaurant is a popular choice amongst regular fast food lovers. KFC has made its presence known in over 118 countries. Founded by Harland Sanders, the fast food franchise has certainly taken humongous strides since its inception in 1952. KFC reportedly earned around $23 billion in 2013.

3. Subway

subway restaurantServing healthy fast food seems to be the trend nowadays. Its a big money machine as more and more people are more health conscious

Subway prides itself on serving fresh fast food to its customers. The sandwich chain has around 42,252 restaurants in over 107 countries. Owned by Doctor’s Associates Inc, the chain is performing beyond expectations and is one of the fastest growing franchises.

4. Pizza Hut

pizza hut websiteIt's so easy to order pizzas nowadays. Just log on to Pizza Hut's website and you will get your pizza in 30 min or less!

Pizza Hut, as the name suggests, is synonymous to Pizza. The restaurant chain has over 5,890 restaurants in 94 countries. The franchise alone has around 6000 restaurants in the States. Pizza Hut has the distinct honor of being one of the first franchises to make its presence in Iraq. Founded in 1958, the restaurant is prominent for its pizzas and side dishes.

5. Starbucks Coffee

starbucks coffeeIf you have ever been to Starbucks you would certainly have experienced the personal, friendly and warm attention. Somehow they always spell Stephen's name Steven. : ) LoL

The coffee house chain has over 23,186 stores in 64 countries. Starbucks coffee is known for its microground instant coffee, full leaf teas, pastries and beverages.  The chain has certainly come a long way since its establishment in 1971. The chain reportedly earned $15 billion in 2013. 

6. Burger King

burger kingNot as big as MCD but they still rake in billions!

Burger King has 4,998 international restaurants and is available in 73 countries. Founded in 1953, the chain was initially named Insta-Burger King. Burger King’s fortunes turned around upon the removal of the name Insta. The annual revenue of Burger King stands at around $2.5 billion

7. Domino’s Pizza

Domino's PizzaOne of the necessities if you are living alone. If you know what we mean...

In terms of popularity and financial prowess, Domino’s Pizza is the only other Pizza restaurant chain capable of challenging Pizza Hut. Domino’s Pizza serves customers in over 70 countries. Domino’s Pizza is even bigger than Pizza Hut in terms of restaurants worldwide. The chain has over 10,000 franchised stores globally with revenues reaching $1.8 billion in 2013. 

8. Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin DonutsDonuts do make money! Listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, its stock has almost doubled since being listed. Now, if only we have bought some DNKN stocks...

Dunkin Donuts is a coffee chain extremely popular in the States with over 5000 outlets. As the name suggests, the chain offers a fine selection of Donuts to its customers. Founded in 1950, Dunkin Donuts operates in over 33 countries and has around 11,000 outlets

9. Dairy Queen

Dairy QueenNot as popular as the other chains but it still rakes in $2.5 Billion annually

The fast food chain is owned by International Dairy Queen and is renowned for soft servings and frozen treats. Established in 1940, the chain rakes in $2.5 billion in revenues annually. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway is the parent owner of this franchise. 

10. Wendy’s

Wendy'sEmploying 78,000 people with over 7000 stores worldwide

Wendy’s is famous for its hamburgers. The fast food chain maintains its headquarters in Dublin and employs around 78,000 people. With over 7000 stores worldwide, the company brings in healthy revenues annually with figures amounting to $2.5 billion

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