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How many billion-dollar companies have female founders?

An interactive look at all the billion-dollar VC-backed companies across the globe with at least one female founder.

Adi Tatarko, co-founder of Houzz


Of the 134 VC-backed US-based companies valued at $1 billion or more, aka “unicorns,” just 16 have a woman co-founder. Remove two whose recent controversies have likely diminished their valuations, Theranos and Outcome Health, and 14 companies remain.

Globally, the numbers don’t improve. There are currently 239 billion-dollar VC-backed companies around the world. Of those, less than 25 have a female founder. In other words, the majority of billion-dollar companies are founded by men.

Still, a handful of women have beat the odds and helped build unicorns across a variety of sectors. Below is an interactive chart of female-founded unicorns, created using data sourced from the PitchBook Platform. Click on the blue buttons to see the list of those based in the US and the full list of those located throughout the globe. Use the headings to sort by different criteria, and click on the logos to view each company’s public PitchBook profile.



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    Written by Kate Clark
    Kate Clark was a staff writer at PitchBook.

    A Seattle native, Kate attended the University of Washington where she studied journalism and international studies. She previously wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem in Bengaluru and freelanced in the Seattle area. Follow her on Twitter @KateClarkTweets.
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