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Global Unicorn List 2019: Highlights

Published on Friday, November 29, 2019
Global Unicorn List 2019: Highlights
  • The Global Unicorn List 2019 has been released by the Hurun Research Institute. This list ranks unicorns across the world. A “Unicorn” is a tech-startup founded in the 2000s and which has a valuation of US$1bn but has not yet been listed on a public exchange.
  • The list has included unicorns upto a cutoff date of 30 June 2019 and any company which became unicorn after the cutoff date has not been included in the list like Lightricks, Monday.com, DataRobot, MoneyLion and Flixbus.
  • This is the first year of the Global Unicorn List 2019.

Global Findings

  • According to the Global Unicorn List 2019, there are 494 unicorns in the world which are based in 24 countries and 118 cities.
  • These unicorns which were set up seven years ago on average are worth US$3.4bn on average and US$1.7tn in total.
  • China is the top country on the list with 206 unicorns.
  • USA is placed second on the list and has 203 unicorns.
  • China and USA together account for over 80% of the world’s unicorns.
  • USA is followed by India and the UK to rank third and fourth respectively on the list.
  • Beijing is the world’s unicorn capital with 82 unicorns. It is followed by San Francisco with 55 unicorns.
  • E-commerce sector had the largest number of unicorns and E-commerce & Fintech sector make up 31% of the world’s unicorns.
  • Fintech is followed by cloud and AI sectors.

Top 5 Countries According to Unicorns

Rank Country Number of Unicorns
1 China 206
2 USA 203
3 India 21
4 UK 13
5 Germany 7

Top 10 Unicorns in the World

This is the list of top 10 unicorns in the world along with their valuation.
Rank Unicorn Valuation Headquarters
1 Ant Financial 150 US$ billion Hangzhou, China
2 ByteDance 75 US$ billion Beijing, China
3 Didi Chuxing 55 US$ billion Beijing, China
4 Infor 50 US$ billion New York City, USA
5 JUUL Labs 48 US$ billion San Francisco, USA

Top 5 Industries of Unicorn

Top 5 industries according to the number of unicorns are-
S.no Industry No. of Unicorns Percentage of total Value Top Companies
1 E-commerce 68 9% Amazon, Coupang, Wish, CARS
2 FinTech 56 22% Ant Financial, Lufax, Stripe
3 Cloud 44 7% Infor, Samsara Networks, Canva, Confluent and Rubrik
4 Artificial Intelligence 40 5% Argo AI, UiPath, SenseTime, Megvii
5 Logistics 34 6% Cainiao, DoorDash, JD Logistics, Go-Jek

India Specific Findings

  • India has been ranked third on the Global Unicorn List 2019.
  • India has a total of 21 unicorns.
  • Bangalore is the city with the highest number of unicorns in India. It has been ranked 9th city in the world according to unicorns.

Top Unicorns of India are-

  • Payments solutions platform One97 Communications ($10 billion)
  • Cab aggregator Ola Cabs ($6 billion)
  • Online educator Byju’s ($6 billion)
  • Travel-stay finder OYO Rooms ($5 billion).

Questions

Q: 1. Which country has topped the Global Unicorn List 2019?
1. USA
2. UK
3. China
4. India
5. Germany
Answer- 3

Explanation- China is the top country in the Global Unicorn list with 206 unicorns.

Q: 2. According to Global Unicorn List 2019, how many unicorns are in the world?
1. 400
2. 364
3. 500
4. 494
5. 276
Answer- 4

Explanation- According to the Global Unicorn List 2019, there are 494 unicorns in the world which are based in 24 countries and 118 cities.

Q: 3. What is the rank of India in the Global Unicorn List 2019?
1. 2nd
2. 4th
3. 5th
4. 6th
5. 3rd
Answer- 5

Explanation- India has been ranked third on the Global Unicorn List 2019 with 21 unicorns.
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