The 9 Most Valuable Startups In The World

There used to be a time when a $1 billion valuation was considered a massive success for tech startups. Then that threshold rose to $5 billion.

But in recent months, these numbers almost seem routine.

So we have raised the bar yet again. Looking at recent media reports and The Wall Street Journal’s “The Billion-Dollar Startup Club” list, we have created a list of tech startups that are worth more than $10 billion — or that will be very soon.

No. 9 Dropbox: $10 billion

No. 9 Dropbox: $10 billion

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Dropbox CEO Drew Houston.

CEO: Drew Houston

Founded: 2007

What it does: Dropbox allows users to easily store and share files on the web. It has over 200 million users worldwide.

Total funding: $1.1 billion

Notable investors: Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Greylock Ventures

No. 8 Airbnb: $10 billion

No. 8 Airbnb: $10 billion

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CEO: Brian Chesky

Founded: 2008

What it does: Airbnb offers a marketplace for people to rent out their homes to temporary residents. It is available in 190 countries.

Total funding: $794.8 million

Notable investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners

No. 7 Pinterest: $11 billion (seeking)

No. 7 Pinterest: $11 billion (seeking)


Valuation: The company was valued at $5 billion in May 2014 in its latest round, but it is reportedly seeking a new round at a valuation of $11 billion.

CEO: Ben Silbermann

Founded: 2008

What it does: Pinterest allows users to share/store stuff online by “pinning” images and content.

Total funding: $762.5 million

Notable investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Rakuten

No. 6 Flipkart: $11 billion

No. 6 Flipkart: $11 billion


Cofounders Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal.

CEO: Sachin Bansal

Founded: 2007

What it does: Flipkart is an e-commerce site specializing in electronics and content like books and music.

Total funding: $2.5 billion

Notable investors: Digital Sky Technologies, T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley, Vulcan Capital, Tiger Global Management

No. 5 SpaceX: $12 billion

No. 5 SpaceX: $12 billion

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Valuation: $12 billion

CEO: Elon Musk

Founded: 2002

What it does: Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, designs, builds, and launches vehicles for space exploration.

Total funding: $1.2 billion

Notable investors: Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Google

No. 4 Palantir: $15 billion

No. 4 Palantir: $15 billion

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Valuation: $15 billion

CEO: Alexander Karp

Founded: 2004

What it does: Palantir is a software and services company that specializes in data analysis. Some of its biggest clients are government agencies like the CIA and the FBI.

Total funding: $1 billion

Notable investors: Founders Fund, Tiger Global Management, Glynn Capital Management, Jeremy Stoppelman

No. 3 Snapchat: $16 billion to $19 billion (seeking)

Valuation: Snapchat was valued at $10 billion in December in its most recent round, but it is reportedly seeking a new round at a valuation between $16 billion and $19 billion.

CEO: Evan Spiegel

Founded: 2012

What it does: Its photo-messaging app allows users to send photos and videos that automatically disappear after a set period of time.

Total funding: $648 million

Notable investors: Yahoo, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Coatue Management, SV Angel

No. 2 Uber: $41.2 billion

No. 2 Uber: $41.2 billion

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Valuation: $41.2 billion

CEO: Travis Kalanick

Founded: 2009

What it does: Uber’s taxi-hailing app connects its users with drivers of private vehicles under contract with Uber. It offers different types of cars, from full-size luxury cars to smaller vehicles.

Total funding: $5.9 billion

Notable investors: Benchmark Capital, Menlo Ventures, Google Ventures, KPCB

No. 1 Xiaomi: $46 billion

No. 1 Xiaomi: $46 billion


Valuation: $46 billion

CEO: Jun Lei

Founded: 2010

What it does: Xiaomi is one of the biggest Chinese electronics brands that makes smartphones. The company’s smartphones are considered among the best that run Android, and the company has hardcore loyalists as Apple does in the US.

Total funding: $1.4 billion

Notable investors: Digital Sky Technologies, Hopu Investment Management Company, DST Global, IDG Capital Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Morningside Group

Source: Business Insider


Nicholas Kamanzi

Computer Engineer and Tech Reviewer.
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