Number of global unicorns in 2020, by industry

Most of the world's unicorns in early 2020 were active in technology and telecommunications, or supplied technological solutions for other industries. Over 140 of privately owned startups with a valuation of over one billion U.S. dollars were active in technology. In comparison, there were roughly 50 unicorns specifically dedicated to health and pharmaceuticals. Note that the figures provided here are based on unicorns that did not go public via an IPO and were not at some point acquired by another company.

Number of unicorns worldwide as of January 2020, by industry

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Release date

January 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

January 2020

Supplementary notes

A Unicorn company is a privately owned startup that has a current valuation of one billion USD or over. Once a company has gone public (IPO) or has been acquired it is no longer termed as a Unicorn. All published figures are best estimations based on latest publications of sources. Figures are correct as of January 2020. Figures and valuations are rounded as some company valuations have not externally verified and are self-published. Latest valuations used. As multiple sources were used and valuations vary between sources, the most recent valuation was used. Where valuations differed but the reporting date was the same, mean averages were used. Industries were assigned by the sources. Where companies crossed industries, the major category was used as determined by the source. Where companies have multiple countries listed the country of headquarters has been used.

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