The Rise Of Start-Ups

How quickly 25 of the highest earning start-ups made their first billion

Check out our interactive chart below to see a list of the 25 richest start-ups. Follow their journey to see how quickly they made their first million after being founded and how long it took them to make their first billion. Explore our piece by hovering over each brand to discover how quickly they built their empire after starting up.

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2002 2006 2010 2014 2018
Current Valuation USD

Average years between millionaire and billionaire: 4 Years

We’ve looked at the average time it took our 25 start-ups to turn a million into a billion.

01 year 1 year
02 year 2 year
03 year 3 year
04 year 4 year

The top 8 quickest billionaire start-ups

Who made their first billion the fastest? There’s a clear winner as DiDi took just one year to go from a million-dollar company to a billion dollars. However, there’s a joint tie for second place between seven of the mentioned start-ups, taking two years.

Start 0 1 year 1 2 years 2
DiDi
1 year from Mn to Bn

Country: China

Industry: Auto & Transportation

Year founded: 2010

Pinterest
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: United States

Industry: Social Media

Year founded: 2009

Grab
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: Singapore

Industry: Auto & Transportation

Year founded: 2012

Lyft
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: United States

Industry: Ride Sharing

Year founded: 2012

Oyo
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: India

Industry: Travel

Year founded: 2013

Bitmain
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: China

Industry: Hardware

Year founded: 2013

SenseTime
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: China

Industry: Artificial Intelligence

Year founded: 2014

Guazi
2 years from Mn to Bn

Country: China

Industry: E-commerce & Direct-to-consumer

Year founded: 2015

Which industries have the highest valuation of start-ups?

Travel is currently leading the way with the highest valuation, at $213.6bn. This is made up of Airbnb and Oyo Rooms who clearly hold a high fortune, compared to Tech, which is made up of seven companies and is valued at $165bn – a fair amount less than Travel. Check out the chart to find out which industry contains the highest valued start-ups!

Which industries have the highest valuation of start-ups
Which industries have the highest valuation of start-ups
  • Tech 7 companies
  • Retail 4 companies
  • Finance 3 companies
  • Travel 2 companies
  • Logistics 2 companies
  • Health 1 company
  • Real Estate 1 company

Which countries are dominated by start-ups?

Out of the 25 start-ups we analyzed, the United States is dominated by 14 of those, whilst China follows in second place with six. The map below states the seven countries where the start-ups originated.

World map
Country number
  • United States United States
    14
  • China China
    6
  • Sweden Sweden
    1
  • South Korea South Korea
    1
  • Singapore Singapore
    1
  • India India
    1
  • Brazil Brazil
    1

Methodology

The team at OnlineGambling.ca compiled a list of some of 25 of the highest valued unicorn start-ups using The Global Unicorn Club list by CB Insights. This was combined with Investopedia’s Startup’s list. Start-ups were narrowed down by available data as well as highest valuation to put together a final list. The data was then ranked in terms of valuation, this allowed us to find out which industry had the highest valuation out of the 25 start-ups analyzed. We used a variety of sources to find out when start-ups were officially valued as a million and billion-dollar company, full sources list can be found here.