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The World’s Most Valuable Startup Companies

The Top Dogs Dominating The Startup Scene

As of January 2018, here are the startup companies valued at one billion U.S. dollars or more by venture-capital firms worldwide, according to Statista.


Valuation: US$ 68 billion

Sitting squarely at the top is the ride-hailing app company, Uber, has a massive global reach operating in 633 cities worldwide. Even with all the management and regulation issues the company has faced in the recent years, investors are still keen to pour funds into the controversial company.

Didi Chuxing

Valuation: US$ 46 billion

Right on Uber’s tail, China’s homegrown ride hailing company, Didi Chuxing, secured $4 billion in fresh funds at the end of last year. The massive injection of funds brings their staggering valuation to the second highest in the world, putting it on track to surpass Uber.


Valuation: US$ 46 billion

China’s consumer electronics maker, Xiaomi, has enjoyed success with their budget smartphones Mi-2A and Mi-2S. It has overtaken Apple Inc to become China's fourth-largest smartphone vendor by sales, driven in part by a focus on offline stores, according to research firm Canalys. 


Valuation: US$ 31 billion

Despite facing regulatory restrictions in numerous cities across the world claiming the service takes affordable housing off the market and drives up rental prices, Airbnb has continued to raise impressive funding. The home-sharing site raised $1 billion in its funding round in March. Currently operating in more than 65,000 cities, Airbnb has enjoyed tremendous growth as it pushes ahead with its plans of global expansion.


Valuation: US$ 21 billion

SpaceX, the maker of relaunchable rockets aiming to take passengers and supplies to Mars, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has raised up to $350 million in new financing and is now valued at around $21 billion, making it the fifth most valuable privately held companies in the world. SpaceX joins an elite club of seven venture-backed companies valued at $20 billion or more around the world, according to research firm CB Insights.



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