real estate

McDonald’s isn’t just a fast-food chain—it’s a brilliant $30 billion real-estate company

About 85% of the company in 2016 was represented by franchisee-run locations—people who agree to operate individual McDonald’s restaurants with a licensed privilege to the branding. But rather than collect a lot in royalties or sell its franchisees cooking equipment, McDonald’s makes

Sky pool in Houston lets you fly and swim at the same time

Situated 40 stories above the city of Houston, with a glass bottom view of the street below, the sky pool at the Market Square Tower probably seemed like a good idea when the developers of this high rise came up with it,

Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings – Reuters

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump downplayed his business ties with Russia. And since taking office as president, he has been even more emphatic, Reuters reports. “I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump

Names of Russia’s elite vanish from real-estate records – Radio Liberty

Kremlin foes, journalists, and anticorruption activists in recent months have uncovered evidence that entries in the official federal real-estate database have been quietly edited, in some cases obscuring ownership of expensive properties thought to be controlled by members of Russia's political elite,