​Chinese tech startups stand out among global unicorns

GuoYan China Plus Published: 2017-06-06 18:29:55
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The screenshot shows the list of the world's most valuable unicorns of the year. (Source: cbinsights.com)

The screenshot shows the list of the world's most valuable unicorns of the year. (Source: cbinsights.com)

Dozens of Chinese startups have been listed as the most valuable unicorns (startup companies valued at over $1 billion) in the world, according to a recent report from a research institute.

New York-based tech firm CB Insights has unveiled its latest list of 197 of the most valuable private startups around the globe, 49 of which are from China. 

Ride-hailing services Didi Chuxing and Uber [Photo: zol.com.cn]

Ride-hailing services Didi Chuxing(R) and Uber (L). [Photo: dfic]

The U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Inc. tops the list with a total value of $68 billion while its Chinese competitor Didi Chuxing Technology Co. ranks second with $50 billion. 

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp., which was valued at about $46 billion, ranks third on the list.

Companies on the list are mostly tech firms in sectors like e-commerce, internet technology, fintech, cyber security and social media. 

54% of firms on the list are headquartered in the United States, while 23% are based in China. 

Other Chinese companies which are also on the Global Unicorn Club list include bike-sharing startup ofo ($1bn), Fintech company Lu.com ($18.5bn), Lianjia($6.2bn), an online platform for rental and second-hand real estate transactions, Ele.me ($4.5) a China-based online food ordering site, and China Internet Plus (known as Meituan-Dianping which was formed by the merger of Meituan, and Dianping, a group buying website).

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