There are a number of ways to measure the largest restaurant businesses in the world. If you go by the number of locations, privately-owned Subway has been dethroned in recent years. According to the company’s website, it had under 38,000 stores worldwide, which puts its fast-food nemesis Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) on top with more than 50,000 stores in operation.
But let’s divvy out the prizes based on a different metric: total sales. Based on this measure, Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is far and away the biggest of the big among restaurant stocks.