Starbucks Corporation is the largest coffeehouse company in the World as of 2013. It has more than 20,891 stores across 62 countries with nearly 13,000 of them in United States alone. In the year 2012 only it had revenues in excess of $13 billion employing 149,000 people worldwide.
Starbucks was started by three former students of the University of San Francisco named Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker. Their plan was to sell high quality coffee beans and roasting equipment but did not expect the success that their company would achieve in the future.