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In today's longevity-challenged society, when something not only lasts for 28 years, but also evolves and grows stronger during that time, people invariably want to know its secret. There's no big secret. Our 500® ranking may have started almost three decades ago, but not for one year have we rested on our laurels. Honestly, we don't even rest. We take special care and invest thousands of hours of work in each and every Franchise 500® listing-researching, compiling, crafting, assessing and even over-assessing. (If you knew the staff here, you'd know that assessing things is one of our passions.)

Our goal is to not only maintain the Franchise 500®'s position as the world's best and most comprehensive franchise listing, but also to honestly say that this year's listing is our best ever. And as our commitment grows, so does the Franchise 500®. This year, our 28th Annual Franchise 500® listing includes franchise companies boasting a total of more than 358,000 units and $400 billion in sales worldwide.

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