Franchisings' Famous

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What do celebrities like Chris Brown and Mark Wahlberg have in common? Franchising! Many of the stars we know and love have figured out that the way to people’s hearts isn’t just through entertainment – it’s also through food. Read below to find out which celebrities are involved with IFA member restaurant brands.

Rap sensation Chris Brown owns 14 Burger King restaurants.

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is said to own 155 Five Guys restaurants and 17 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels stores.

In 2012, famous actor Mark Wahlberg opened a burger restaurant with his family called Wahlburgers, and currently has 31 locations across the U.S.

NBA star Lebron James invested a 10% stake into Blaze Pizza, and is working to bring the franchise to Miami, Florida.

Popular rapper Rick Ross owns multiple Wingstop restaurants, mostly in the south of the U.S.

Tennis superstar Venus Williams has opened five locations of Jamba Juice in the Washington D.C. area.

Michael Strahan, media personality and former NFL player, is said to have invested in multiple Burger King franchises.

NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson owns 30 Burger King restaurants.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees owns multiple Jimmy John's franchises and is planning on opening Dunkin' Donuts stores in Louisiana.

MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron owns 24 Popeye's franchises.

Phil Mickelson, a professional golfer, owns the rights to the Orange County, California market for Five Guys franchises.