Revenue generated by McDonald's 2005-2019

McDonald's generated a total revenue of 21.08 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. In that year, when looking at McDonald’s revenue by region, the country that generated the highest portion of revenue was the United States - accounting for 7.84 billion U.S. dollars. However, internationally operated markets including, but not exclusive to, Australia, France, Canada, and the UK, contributed the largest sum to the McDonald's total revenue in 2019.

How did McDonald’s start?

McDonald’s was originally founded in 1940 in San Bernardino, California, United States by Richard, and Maurice McDonald. It was eventually turned into a franchise operation and was bought from the McDonald’s brothers in 1955 by businessman Ray Kroc. There are now almost 22 thousand McDonald's franchises worldwidemaking up the majority of its 38.7 thousand establishments across the globe. The burger behemoth earned most of its revenue from McDonald’s franchised restaurants and received 11.66 billion U.S. dollars through this mode of operation in 2019.

Is McDonald’s the largest quick service chain?

McDonald’s had the highest brand value of any quick service restaurant company by a large margin in 2020. Not only that, but it also came 58 in a ranking of the biggest companies in the world. However, McDonald’s is not the only big player in this market - in 2019, Starbucks' revenue was 26.51 billion U.S. dollars, approximately 5.4 billion U.S. dollars more than that of McDonald’s.

Revenue of the McDonald's Corporation worldwide from 2005 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Includes sales of company-operated restaurant and franchised revenues.

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