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2. McDonald’s

Employees: 1.7 million*
Revenue per employee: $14,200
Profit per employee: $2,930

McDonald’s is one of the world’s most valuable brands and one of only three American companies to make the list of the 10 biggest employers.

Founded in 1955 by American businessman Ray Kroc, McDonald’s is the world’s largest chain of fast-food hamburger restaurants. The company has a presence in 118 countries with over 33,000 restaurants — more than 80 percent of which are owned by independent franchisees.

In April this year, McDonald’s drew headlines on “national hiring day,” when it added a whopping 62,000 U.S. employees in one day. That was more than the 50,000 it planned to hire on that day to boost its U.S. staff by 7 percent.

McDonald’s biggest market in 2010 was Europe, accounting for 41 percent of its global revenue. The U.S. made up 34 percent of its revenue, while the rest of the world contributed roughly 21 percent.

The company is continuing to expand. In 2011, it plans to invest $2.5 billion, roughly half of it to open around 1,100 new restaurants around the world.

*Includes part-time employees

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