Where are the unicorns?

There are 309 private companies around the world valued at $1B+ as of 1/18/2019. Collectively these companies are worth as much as $1,085B and have raised a combined total of nearly $261B.

Last year, 111 new companies joined the global unicorn club — a 56% increase from the 71 new unicorns in 2017.

The unicorns are in 13 categories, from autotech, traveltech, health, fintech, ecommerce, social, cybersecurity, ondemand, internet software services, hardware, edtech, aerospace, renewables, real estate.

The US leads in share of unicorns (49%), up 2 percentage points since our last analysis in August 2018. China, in second place, saw its share fall from 30% to 27% in the same time frame.

Third and fourth place go to the UK (5%) and India (4%), with 16 and 14 unicorns respectively.

Twenty private companies (6% of total unicorns) are considered decacorns, worth $10B+.

Approximately 24% of companies included in the global unicorn club are valued at exactly $1B.

Many of the most valuable companies such as AirBnB are built on the new model of sharing economy – with limited tangible assets or 'products' – the value is through the customer relationships, business model, data insights and proven scalability for sustainable growth.

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