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9 Most Successful Fast-Food Chains


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KFC
As fast food has spread across the world, so have fast-food jobs. A worker finishes his shift at a KFC in Chengdu, China.
As fast food has spread across the world, so have fast-food jobs. A worker finishes his shift at a KFC in Chengdu, China.
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Kentucky ­Fried Chicken was the brainchild of Harland Sanders, who opened his first restaurant during the Great Depression in a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. In the 1930s, Sanders developed his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices, which has been touted as one of the best-kept secrets in the world and to this day is locked in a vault in Louisville.

Colonel Sanders, as he was known, sold his empire for $2 million in 1964. Today, KFC is a $10.3 billion franchise with more than 11,000 restaurants in 80 countries. The company employs 750,000 people who serve more than a billion "finger lickin' good" chicken meals each year.


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