Leading unicorns worldwide 2020, by change in valuation

The largest market value change for a unicorn company was seen after the acquisition of Whatsapp by Facebook in 2014, with a growth of more than 1,000 percent. Unicorns in the world of venture capital are companies that are valued at over one billion U.S. dollars or over. If that company subsequently goes public 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 as of January 2020 involved the going public of the Chinese e-commerce, retail, internet and technology giant Alibaba with a valuation at the point of IPO of 238 billion U.S. dollars.

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 change in valuation for unicorns worldwide as of January 2020

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Release date

January 2020

Region

Worldwide

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.

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