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India beats UK in unicorn businesses tally

Adding 33 ‘unicorns’ in a single year has helped India displace the United Kingdom (UK) to be third in the list of countries home to such enterprises valued at more than $1 billion each.

According to Indian media reports, India was placed fourth when it came to the number of unicorns last year. However, the US and northern neighbour China, who occupy the first two ranks, are way ahead, according to the data compiled by Hurun Research Institute.

The US added 254 unicorns and now totals 487 companies in the coveted list, while China added 74 to take its tally to 301 start-ups having a valuation of more than $1 billion, it said.

The top-two occupants are home to 74% of the unicorn universe.

The UK added only 15 unicorns to take its total to 39, and hence got displaced by India, it said.

“India is in the midst of a start-up boom, more than doubling its unicorns to take its official tally of unicorns to 54, and overtake the UK to third place in the world,” Hurun Report India’s MD and chief researcher Anas Rahman Junaid said.

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