8. Denmark (tie)
Barrier to entrepreneurship index: 1.15
Denmark is home to plenty of landmark companies, including high-end audio manufacturer Bang & Olufsen and beer maker Carlsberg, though few names exhibit the way the Danes can grow a business more than JYSK. The retailer was founded in 1979 by Lars Larsen, who opened his first store in the Danish city of Århus. Some 30 years later, Larsen has managed to maintain control of his company, which now sells mattresses, furniture and home décor, making him one of the country's wealthiest people. Today in Canada there are some 45 JYSK stores across the nation.