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Discover the Top 100 Franchises in the World

February 11, 2016

Top 100 Global Franchises

Franchise Direct is Franchise Asia’s parent company, and every year the Franchise Direct team puts together a list of the ‘Top 100 Global Franchises’. The list is based on months of research on thousands of international franchise systems, taking into account several factors including:

  • The franchise system’s annual revenue.
  • The number of franchise units. 
  • The quality of franchisee training and support. 
  • The system’s growth/expansion rate.
  • The franchise’s financial strength and stability.
  • The number of years in operation.
  • Whether or not the franchisee is offered financial assistance.
  • The contributions to society (e.g. charity work) that the franchise company makes.


The information is entered into a computer formula in order to ensure that the calculations are objective and unbiased.

The two basic requirements for being included in the list are that the franchise must be active, and it must be present in at least two countries. Sources of information include government filings and documents, the franchise companies, and published industry sources.

All of the top 100 franchises feature the elements required for franchise success including a strong business plan, commitment to training and support, and the ability to adapt to changes in society and the economy. Furthermore, they are able to do these things in more than one country. Below is the final list for 2016, showing the company names and the industries in which they operate. Please note that the Top 100 Global Franchises ranking is not intended to endorse, advertise, or recommend any particular franchise system, nor is it a definitive list.

1. McDonald's – Fast Food Franchises

2. SUBWAY® – Sandwich & Bagel Franchises

3. KFC – Chicken Franchises

4. Burger King – Fast Food Franchises

5.  Pizza Hut – Pizza Franchises

6. 7 Eleven – Convenience Store Franchises

7. Wyndham – Hotels and Resorts Hotel Franchises

8. InterContinental – Hotels and Resorts Hotel Franchises

9. Hilton – Hotels & Resorts Hotel Franchises

10. Marriott International – Hotel Franchises

11. Domino's Pizza – Pizza Franchises

12. Groupe Casino – Food & Grocery Retail Franchises

13. Dunkin' Donuts – Bakery & Donut Franchises

14. Jani-King – Commercial Cleaning Services

15. Taco Bell – Fast Food Franchises

16. Carrefour – Convenience Store Franchises

17. GNC Live Well – Wellness Products & Services

18. Baskin-Robbins – Ice Cream Franchises

19. DIA – Convenience Store Franchises

20. Century 21 – Real Estate Franchises

21. Papa John's – Pizza Franchises

22. JAN-PRO – Commercial Cleaning Franchises

23. Anytime Fitness Inc. – Gym Franchises

24. Hertz – Car Rental & Dealer Franchises

25. Circle K – Convenience Store Franchises

26. Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning – Carpet Cleaning Franchises

27. Snap-on Tools – Automotive Repair Franchises

28. Ace Hardware Corporation – Home Improvement Franchises

29. Groupe Auchan – Food & Grocery Retail Franchises

30. Choice Hotels – Hotel Franchises

31. Little Caesars – Pizza Franchises

32. Dairy Queen – Fast Food Franchises

33. The UPS Store – Mailing & Shipping Franchises

34. Jazzercise – Women's Fitness Franchises

35. ActionCOACH – Business Consulting Services

36. Matco Tools – Automotive Repair Franchises

37. Europcar – Car Rental & Dealer Franchises

38. Yves Rocher – Cosmetic Franchises

39. Hardee's – Fast Food Franchises

40. Kumon – Child Education Franchises

41. Novus Auto Glass – Automotive Repair Franchises

42. Tim Hortons – Bakery & Donut Franchises

43. Wendy's – Fast Food Franchises

44. Snap Fitness – Gym Franchises

45. RE/MAX – Real Estate Franchises

46. Sign-A-Rama – Sign, Print & Copy Stores

47. Naturhouse – Wellness Products & Services

48. Vanguard Cleaning Systems – Commercial Cleaning Franchises

49. Supercuts – Hair & Beauty Salon Franchises

50. Ziebart – Car Detailing Franchises

51. Sport Clips – Hair Salon Franchises

52. 100 Montaditos – Restaurant Franchises

53. Leadership Management International – Business Consulting Services

54. Cinnabon – Bakery & Donut Franchises

55. Home Instead – Senior Care Franchises

56. CruiseOne / Dream Vacations – Cruise Franchises

57. ServiceMaster Clean – Commercial Cleaning Franchises

58. Midas Automotive – Repair Franchises

59. Tutor Doctor – Tutoring Franchises

60. Coldwell Banker Residential – Real Estate Franchises

61. Liberty Tax Service – Tax Franchises

62. No+Vello – Spa Franchises

63. Coverall® – Commercial Cleaning Franchises

64. Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe – Bakery & Donut Franchises

65. Mathnasium – Child Education Franchises

66. H&R Block – Financial Services

67. Meineke Car Care Center – Automotive Repair Franchises

68. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – Fast Food Franchises

69. Edible Arrangements® – Gift Franchises

70. Pita Pit – Fast Food Franchises

71. Chili's – Restaurant Franchises

72. Smoothie King – Smoothie Franchises

73. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Café Franchises

74. PostNet – Printer, Copying & Sign Franchises

75. Gold's Gym – Gym Franchises

76. Molly Maid House – Cleaning Franchises

77. Yogen Fruz – Frozen Yogurt Franchises

78. Cartridge World Australia – Office Supplies Franchises

79. Arby's – Burger Franchises

80. 5àSec – Clothing Franchises

81. Auntie Anne's Pretzels – Bakery & Donut Franchises

82. Merry Maids – House Cleaning Franchises

83. EmbroidMe – Embroidery Businesses

84. Express Employment Professionals – Employment & Staffing Franchises

85. Budget Blinds – Home Improvement Franchises

86. SERVPRO – Restoration Franchises

87. International House of Pancakes (IHOP) – Fast Food Franchises

88. Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting – Automotive Repair Franchises

89. Engel & Völkers – Real Estate Franchises

90. FASTSIGNS – Printer, Copying & Sign Franchises

91. Pressto – Dry-Cleaning & Laundry Franchises

92. VOM FASS – Specialty Retail Franchises

93. Great Clips – Hair Salon Franchises

94. Minuteman Press – Printer, Copying & Sign Franchises

95. Denny's – Burger Franchises

96. Husse – Pet Store Franchises

97. Furniture Medic – Repair & Painting Franchises

98. Pirtek – B2B Franchises

99. Jiffy Lube® – Oil Change Franchises

100. Long John Silver's – Fast Food Franchises

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