McDonald's restaurants are found in 119 countries and territories around the world and serve 58 million customers each day. McDonald's operates over 31,000 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people. Although the McDonald's Corporation owns and operates some of the stores, the majority in the United Stats are run as franchises or joint ventures, often with small business owners.
Thousands of entrepreneurs have been given a chance of becoming small business owners by opening their own stores in their communities, as McDonald's franchisees. Every year, Entrepreneur Magazine lists its Franchise 500. Over the last several years McDonald’s has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Franchises. Franchise Times Magazine ranks McDonald’s #1 on its list of top 200 franchises.