Quick service restaurant chains ranked by value worldwide in 2019

With a company value of almost 125 billion U.S. dollars, McDonald’s was the leading quick service restaurant (QSR) chain worldwide in 2019. The burger chain is far ahead of its industry competitors, with a company value that was around 83 billion U.S. dollars more than the next ranked chain, Starbucks.

Golden arches help to strengthen QSR sector

McDonald’s is also the leading QSR chain in its domestic market of the United States, followed once again by Starbucks and Subway. McDonald’s reported consolidated sales of 38.52 billion U.S. dollars from its company-operated and franchised stores in the United States in 2018, which was around 13 percent of all consumer spending in the QSR sector in the country during the year. Despite its position as a market leader, the worldwide revenue of McDonald’s continues to decline, mainly due to falling sales from its company-operated restaurants.

McDonald’s: A brief history

In 1940, the McDonald brothers, Richard and Maurice, opened a restaurant in California that established itself as one with a reputation for quality and quick service. Salesman Ray Kroc recognized the restaurant’s potential when he visited the establishment in 1954; his vision was to create a chain of restaurants across the United States. Kroc soon became a franchise agent of the brothers and founded McDonald’s System, Inc. – the first restaurant that opened under the new name was in Illinois in 1955. Six years later, McDonald’s System, Inc. bought the rights to the brother’s company for 2.7 million U.S. dollars.

Leading quick service restaurant chains worldwide in 2019, by company value

Value in million U.S. dollars
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May 2019



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