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Highest valued unicorn exits in Europe 2020

In the world of venture capital, unicorns are companies that are valued at over one billion U.S. dollars or over. If that company subsequently goes public (IPO) or is acquired, it is no longer referred to as a unicorn. When a unicorn company does one of these two things, it is called an exit. The largest unicorn exit in Europe involved the initial public offering (IPO) of Swedish music streaming service Spotify for approximately 29.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Europe's largest unicorn exit was the seventh highest valued exit globally. Since the term unicorn was coined in 2013, the number of unicorns globally has grown massively, with the majority headquartered in North America and Asia Pacific. 2018 saw the highest number of exits through acquisition or initial public offerings (IPO).

Largest unicorn exits in Europe as of January 2020, by value at point of exit

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

As of 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 been 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. Not all exits were included as no date or exit value information was given.
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