These 197 Tech Companies Are The World's Most Valuable Unicorns
Zack Friedman, Contributor
What are the world’s most valuable private technology companies?
A new map released by CB Insights identifies the 197 companies globally that are considered “unicorns,” meaning that they have a valuation of at least $1 billion.
Collectively, these companies are valued at approximately $679 billion and have raised approximately $142 billion in funding.
The map includes companies across 13 verticals: E-Commerce/Marketplace, Internet Software & Services, FinTech, Social, Cybersecurity, On-Demand, Big Data, Healthcare, Media, Hardware, Mobile Software & Services, Real Estate and Other. (The “Other” category includes, among others, Ed Tech, Aerospace and Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality).
Here are some key takeaways:
New Unicorns This Year
There are 22 new unicorns this year, seven of which are internet software and services companies.
Most Well-Funded Startup
- California-based Uber, which is now valued at $68 billion, is the most valuable private company in the world.
Top 5 Global “Unicorns”
The top 5 unicorns in the world (and their respective valuations) are:
- Uber ($68 billion)
- Didi Chuxing ($50 billion)
- Xiaomi ($46 billion)
- Airbnb ($29 billion)
- Palantir Technologies ($20 billion)
Top 3 Sectors For Unicorns
- These 3 sectors have the world’s most valuable unicorns: E-commerce (17%), Internet Software & Services (14%) and FinTech (11%).
Countries With Most Unicorns
- More than half (54%) of the world’s unicorns are based in the United States.
- Other countries with the most unicorns include China (23%), India (4%), the UK (4%), Germany (2%) and South Korea (2%).
- No other country has three or more private companies with a valuation of at least $1 billion.
Meet The World’s ‘Decacorns’
What is a “decacorn?” A decacorn is a company with a valuation of at least $10 billion. Fifteen private companies (7.6% of the global unicorns) are considered decacorns and have a valuation of at least $10 billion.
- The 15 decacorns are: Uber ($68 billion), Didi Chuxing ($50 billion), Xiaomi ($46 billion), Airbnb ($29 billion), Palantir Technologies ($20 billion), Lu.com ($18.5 billion), China Internet Plus Holdings ($18 billion), WeWork ($16.9 billion), SpaceX ($12 billion), Pinterest ($11 billion), Toutiao ($11 billion), Flipkart ($10 billion), DropBox ($10 billion), Infor ($10 billion) and DJI Innovations ($10 billions).
The Most Well-Funded Unicorns In Each U.S. State
In December 2016, CB Insights released a map of the most well-funded startups in each U.S. state. At the time, there were nine unicorns that are also the most well-funded startup in their respective state: Uber (CA), Datto (CT), Magic Leap (FL), GreenSky (GA), Avant (IL), DraftKings (MA), Infor (NY), Domo (UT), and Vox Media (Washington, D.C.).
Most Active Venture Capital Investors In U.S.-Based Unicorns:
- The three most active venture capital investors in U.S.-based unicorns, by total number of deals, are: Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Khosla Ventures.