Brexit — only 50% of the British unicorns have a British founder

Among the 16 UK unicorns, 50% have no British founder (JustEat, Skrill, Wonga, Farfetch, Transferwise, Shazam, Markit group, Pokerstars)

Note: this was compiled using public information. Feel free to notify me if you have additional/conflicting information.

Actually, 31% of them have a founder who is a EU national, and another 31% have a founder born somewhere else in the Commonwealth/in the US.

First conclusion: Britain has produced 8 “extra” unicorns because its borders and tech ecosystem were open to talented people from all over the world.

With the current events, it is however unsure how things will evolve.

Second conclusion: Paris has to step up its game, and welcome with open arms more international founders and their start-ups.

We have everything to gain from it.



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Unicorn source — the GP Bullhound study about EU unicorns

Note : Rightmove was excluded of the set because it does not seem to have actual founders, as it “was created in 2000 as a joint venture between four of the UK’s largest property agents: Halifax, Countrywide plc, Royal & Sun Alliance, & Connells under the name Limited” (source:

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