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The 2019 logo for the Franchise 500

The Franchise 500 is an annual listing of the top 500 American franchising companies compiled by Entrepreneur magazine, through a submission and review process.[1] The ranking is determined by finances, costs, size, growth, support, and brand strength.[2] The list includes both public and privately held companies, and has been published annually since 1979.[3][4]


The magazine complies its ranking of the companies on a set of criteria—franchises are assessed across five pillars including: costs and fees, size and growth, support, financial strength and stability, and brand strength. Alongside the main ranking, Entrepreneur includes additional lists with the publication of the Franchise 500, organized by 6 categories: “Top Global,” “Top Brands," "Fastest Growing", "Top New," "Any Budget," and "Top Franchises for Veterans."[5]


  • Franchise 500' - Overall ranking of the most successful franchise companies of the year.[6]


  • Top Global - Most successful franchisers based on an international appeal and expansion outside the U.S.
  • Top Brands - Most popular brands from customer investments of the year.
  • Fastest Growing - Fastest expanding companies by growth of number of franchises and revenue.
  • Top New - Top newly formed franchise companies.
  • Any Budget - Best franchises for owners to startup based on initial investments
  • Top Franchises for Veterans - Best franchises for veterans to become owners.

2020 list

In 2020, the ten most successful companies of the 500 were:[5]

Rank Company Headquarters Industry Locations






1 Dunkin' Donuts United States Canton, MA Food and Beverage 9,499 3,458 $396K-1.6M
2 Taco Bell United States Irvine, CA Food and Beverage 6,161 501 $526K-3M
3 McDonald's United States Chicago, IL Food and Beverage 13,232 21,289 $1.3M-2.2M
4 Sonic Drive-In United States Oklahoma City, OK Food and Beverage 3,231 0 $1.2M-3.5M
5 The UPS Store United States San Diego, CA Shipping 4,819 347 $138K-479K
6 Ace Hardware United States Oak Brook, IL Hardware store 4,386 793 $286K-2.1M
7 Planet Fitness United States Hampton, NH Fitness center 1,740 39 $1.1M-4.2M
8 Jersey Mike's Subs United States Manasquan, NJ Food and Beverage 1,520 0 $237K-767K
9 Culver's United States Prairie du Sac, WI Food and Beverage 709 0 $2M-4.7M
10 Pizza Hut United States Plano, TX Food and Beverage 6,087 11,033 $357K-2.2M

See also


  1. ^ "2020 Franchise 500 Ranking". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  2. ^ "Understand the Ranking". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  3. ^ "About the Franchise 500®". Entrepreneur. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10.
  4. ^ Inc, Entrepreneur Media. "Entrepreneur Magazine's 41st Annual Franchise 500® Released". Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  5. ^ a b "2020 Franchise 500 Ranking". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  6. ^ Inc, Entrepreneur Media. "Entrepreneur Magazine's 41st Annual Franchise 500® Released". Retrieved 2020-08-07.
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