The Top 10 Most Valuable Unicorn Startups

Conor Cawley

While consistent and sustainable growth is the goal of many startups, few founders would pass up the opportunity to explode on the scene right away. And with the digital world making excess capital and new markets available at the touch of a button, the number of companies experiencing hypergrowth has substantially increased. This has allowed nearly 200 companies to reach unicorn status and be valued at more than $1 billion – with the most valuable unicorn startups valued at more than $10 billion each.

The current Forbes‘s Unicorn List shows 174 private companies attaining this sought-after status and the top 10 is filled with household names in the US, China and India. A few unicorn startups that missed the cut but are worth mentioning include DropBox, WeWork and Spotify.

If you are interested in which startups have done the best as a private company, check out the list of the world's most valuable unicorn startups below:

  1. $62 billion – Uber
  2. $46 billion – Xiaomi
  3. $25.5 billion – Airbnb
  4. $20.5 billion – Palantir
  5. $16 billion – Didi Kuaidi
  6. $16 billion – Snapchat
  7. $15 billion – China Internet Plus
  8. $15 billion – Flipkart
  9. $12 billion – SpaceX
  10. $11 billion – Pinterest

Photo: Flickr / yosuke muroya

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Conor is the Senior Writer for For the last five years, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His extensive background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host tech-centric events like Startup Night at SXSW and the Timmy Awards for Tech in Motion. You can email Conor at

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