1 ALSHAYA GROUP
Employees: 60,000 Presence: 17 Countries Founded: 1890 Country: Kuwait
A leading international franchise operator, the AlShaya Group has over 4,000 stores, employs more than 60,000 people and has retail space covering 1.2 million sq. meters. It has nearly 90 of the world’s most recognized brands in its portfolio, which it franchises in the Middle East region, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, The Body Shop, M.A.C, Victoria’s Secret, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania.