17 Biggest and Most Valuable Fintech Companies In The World | 2024 Edition

A fintech startup (or company) is any business entity that uses modern technology to provide financial services to its users. It includes everything from essential money transfer services to automated investments and insurance.

Over the last decade or so, financial technology has become one of the fastest-growing tech industry sectors. The total amount of investments in fintech companies grew exponentially between 2012 and 2018 worldwide. In 2018, the value of investments in such companies stood at $148 billion. It grew to a whopping $247 billion in 2021.

In this article, we delve into the heart of the financial technology sector to unveil the 17 biggest and most valuable fintech companies. From Silicon Valley to bustling financial hubs across the world, these companies have not only disrupted conventional financial paradigms but have also become the vanguards of a new era in the financial industry.

To make this list more informative and less obvious, we haven’t included the world’s largest fintech company – PayPal, with over $400 billion in valuation.

17. Root Inc | The Insurance Company

Founded in 2015

Root Inc. provides car insurance with a curated premium to customers based on their test driving scores. In other words, the company offers car insurance with adjusted premium rates after assessing consumers’ driving behavior through a proprietary smartphone app.

The company only insures “good drivers” to keep their premiums considerably lower than traditional insurers.

It became the first insurance company to provide discount offerings to car (Tesla) owners for using autopilot mode. In 2018, Root became a Unicorn company, the first non-healthcare startup to do so.

In September 2019, the company raised $350 million at a $3.6 billion valuation in a Series E funding round led by DST Global. A year later, in October 2020, Root went public through IPO, raising $724 million in the process. At the IPO, the company was valued at $6.7 billion.

16. Carta | Equity Management Solutions 

Founded in 2012

Carta is a fintech company specializing in investment and portfolio services for private companies. Carta’s products include Cap table management, ESOP valuation, and scenario modeling tools (breakpoint analysis, dilution modeling) for startups and established businesses. It also provides various tools for individual investors and fund managers.

Carta was initially founded as eShares in 2012 by Henry Ward and Manu Kumar. They currently serve as the CEO and chairman of the company, respectively. The company obtained a unicorn status in May 2019 after raising $300 million at a $1.7 billion valuation.

In August 2021, Carta reported raising $500 million at a $7.2 billion valuation in a Series G funding round led by Silver Lake Partners. The company has made five major investments and acquired three organizations in recent years to expand its product reach. 

15. Paytm | Digital Payment Solution

Founded in 2010

Paytm is the largest fintech company in India. It was founded in 2010 initially as an online mobile recharge platform by billionaire Vijay Shekhar Sharma. By 2015, the startup had expanded into e-commerce and online payment services and acquired 104 million registered users. Its user base in 2019 was close to $350 million.

Paytm is backed by some of the most well-known investment firms in the world, including Alibaba Group, Softbank Vision Fund, Berkshire Hathaway, and Ant Group.

In November 2019, the company raised $1 billion at a $16 billion valuation in a funding round led by T Rowe Price and several of its existing investors.

Paytm launched its IPO in November 2021 at a $20 billion valuation, the largest ever in India. However, the company is currently valued at around $14 billion after a sharp decline in its shares.

14. SoFi | Online Banking & Loans

Founded in 2011

SoFi (short for Social Finance) is a San Francisco-based financial technology company specializing in personal loans, student loan refinancing, and mortgages. The company was founded by four Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni in 2011 to provide students with affordable debt/loan options.

Between 2012 and 2014, SoFi raised more than $650 million in debt financing and equity from Morgan Stanley, Baseline Ventures, and others. By mid-2016, the company had facilitated over $2 billion in loans. The same year, SoFi became the first online lender to receive AAA ratings from Moody’s.

In May 2019, SoFi landed a $500 million investment from Qatar Investment Authority at a $4.3 billion valuation. The company announced in early 2021 that it would go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) headed by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. The deal valued SoFi at $8.6 billion.

The company has helped 6.9 million users, resulting in $35 million in rewards earned, $34 billion in debt paid off, and $73 billion in funded loans.

As of 2023, SoFi generated an annual revenue of over $2.59 billion, a 71.83% increase year-over-year. 

13. Wise | Cross-Border Payment Transfers

Founded in 2010

Wise is one of Europe’s largest and most popular fintech companies. Its peer-to-peer money-transferring service allows customers to send and receive money worldwide. Wise supports more than 750 different currency pairs (i.e., USD to GBP, USD to AUD, etc.) and multiple currency accounts.

The company was founded in 2010 by a former Skype employee, Taavet Hinrikus, and financial advisor Kristo Käärmann.

In 2013, the company raised its first significant investment of $6 million in a funding round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. Between 2013 and 2016, the company raised a total of $117 million in funding from investors such as Richard Branson and venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz. In May 2016, the company became a unicorn with a $1.1 billion valuation.

Wise reached 4 million users in September 2018 with a net income of $151 million. The company is currently valued at $11 billion as a result of its direct public listing on the London Stock Exchange in July 2021. Previously, Wise was valued at $5 billion after raising $319 million in a secondary investment round in July 2020.

So far, the company has raised a total of $1.7 billion in funding in over 13 rounds. The most recent one was raised in October 2022 through a post-IPO debt round. 

12. Brex | Spend Management Platform

Founded in 2017

Brex is a San Francisco-based fintech company that offers business credit cards and card management solutions to business and corporate clients.

The company was founded by two Brazilians, Pedro Franceschi and Henrique Dubugras. The duo previously established Pagar.me, a payment processing service, which was eventually acquired by StoneCo.

In an effort to provide its services more efficiently, Brex acquired an Israeli API developer startup – Weav, for a whopping $50 million in August 2021.

In April 2021, Brex was valued at $7.4 billion after raising $425 million in a Series C funding round led by Tiger Global Management. Just six months after raising more than $400 million, in October 2021, Brex finalized an additional $300 million in funding at a $12.3 billion valuation.

The company is backed by large venture capital firms, including DST Global, Kleiner Perkins, and Greenoaks Capital.

11. Plaid | Data Transfer Network

Founded in 2013

Plaid allows financial apps and services, such as Venmo, Digit, and Chime, to connect with users’ bank accounts more efficiently. The company was founded in 2013 by William Hockey and Zach Perret and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. It has six other offices across Europe.

In December 2018, Plaid raised $250 million at a valuation of $2.65 billion in a Series C funding round led by VC firms Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures. It is also backed by Spark Capital, Ribbit Capital, and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.

In April 2021, in its most recent funding round, Plaid finalized a $425 million capital raise led by Boston-based Altimeter Capital. The new capital values the company at $13.4 billion. This funding round took place a few months after the official termination of Plaid’s acquisition by Visa Inc.

In 2022, Plaid acquired an identity verification and compliance platform called “Cognito” for $250 million. 

10. Chime | Fee-free Mobile Banking Services

Founded in 2013

Chime is a San Francisco-based neobank (a bank that runs exclusively online) that provides banking services to its customers without maintenance fees or monthly charges. Almost all of its revenue comes from interchange collections that it charges merchants to process card transactions.

The company reached one million registered users in 2018, which jumped to 6.8 million the next year. In 2020, the figure crossed the 8 million mark in February 2020.

Chime gained Unicorn status (startups with more than one billion dollars valuation) in March 2019, after raising $200 million at a $1.5 billion valuation. In August 2021, Chime raised $750 million at a $25 billion valuation led by Sequoia Capital. To date, the company has secured a total of $2.3 billion in funding through 11 rounds. 

9. Robinhood | Trading Platform

Founded in 2013

Robinhood Markets, Inc., or simply Robinhood, is an online discount broker and electronic trading platform that allows customers to invest in publicly traded companies and ETFs (exchange-traded funds) listed in the US stock exchange without paying hefty commissions. Robinhood makes most of its profits through margin lending and the cash balancing process.

In 2015, the company reported that about 80 percent of its customers were ‘millennials‘ with an average age of 26 years. Its popularity among the younger generation remains unaffected.

Robinhood became a unicorn startup in April 2017 after raising $110 million at a $1.3 billion valuation from big-name VC firms such as DST Global and Greenoaks Capital.

In July 2021, the company went public through an IPO at a valuation of $32 billion. However, within six months, its stock price dropped significantly, leading to a reduced valuation of $9 billion.

In 2023, Robinhood acquired a credit card manufacturer named X1 for $95 million. 

8. Revolut | A Global Neobank

Founded in 2015

Revolut is a London-based fintech company that offers various banking and financial services under a single application. It allows users to send and receive payments in over 30 different currencies and access virtual cards and budgeting tools.

With Revolut, you can also invest in cryptocurrencies, stocks, and even valuable commodities from just $1 without going through much hassle.

The company was founded in 2015 by two co-founders, Nik Storonsky and Vlad Yatsenko. Within three years of establishment, in April 2018, it obtained a Challenger bank license from the European Central Bank. A challenger bank is any small, newly established bank in the United Kingdom that can accept money deposits and provide credits, thus competing with traditional banks in the country.

Revolut turned profitable for the first time in November 2020.

In its latest Series E funding, which concluded in 2021, Revolut raised $800 million from two investors, Tiger Global Management and Softbank Vision Fund. The funding round values Revolut at around $33 billion, making it the biggest fintech company in the United Kingdom.

To date, the company has secured $1.7 billion in funding through 18 rounds. 

7. NuBank | A Brazilian Neobank

Founded in 2013

NuBank is currently the largest fintech company in Latin America. It offers a wide range of banking services, including a free digital-only account, credit card, life insurance, and personal loans.

NuBank allows its users to apply for and manage credit cards, track transactions, block cards, and raise spending limits completely through a mobile app.

In January 2021, NuBank reported 35 million customers in Brazil alone. Now, they’ve achieved a milestone, surpassing 90 million customers in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia.

NuBank became a unicorn startup with over $1 billion in valuation in 2018. It is backed by some of the world’s largest investment management and venture funds, including Sequoia Capital, Goldman Sachs, Berkshire Hathaway, DST, and technology conglomerate Tencent.

In early December 2021, the company went public with a valuation of $41.5 billion. According to sources, NuBank raised around $2.6 billion by selling a minority stake through IPO.

In 2023, the parent company of NuBank, Nu Holdings, reported a yearly revenue of $7.07 billion, marking a substantial 111.7% increase from the previous year. 

6. Klarna | Post-Purchase Payments

Founded in 2005

Klarna, or Klarna Bank, is Sweden’s largest fintech company that offers banking and financial services to businesses, including credit payment and debt collection. The company was initially created to facilitate merchants and consumers with a much simpler and safer payment method. Klarna offers its services in fifteen countries, including the United States.

It is backed by Swedish firm Investment AB Öresund, Sequoia Capital, DST Global, and several other VC firms that made early investments in Klarna.

In 2019, the company raised $460 million at a $5.5 billion valuation from various investors, including U.S-based investment management firm Dragoneer Investment Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and British investment trust Chrysalis Investments. The funding helped Klarna become the largest fintech company in Europe at that time.

Klarna has secured a cumulative funding of $4.5 billion across 32 funding rounds.

The company achieved its peak valuation of about $46 billion after finalizing a $639 million funding round led by Softbank Vision Fund in July 2021. In 2022, however, the valuation crashed to $6.7 billion. 

5. Square | Payments Platform For Businesses

Founded in 2009

Square, Inc. is a US-based financial services and technology company that offers mobile payments and point-of-sale operations. It deals in both the software and hardware aspects of the service.

The company diversified its offerings by venturing into the software sector and developing integrated omnichannel solutions. This strategic move aimed to empower sellers with various capabilities, including facilitating online sales, streamlining inventory management, providing buy now and pay later functionality through Afterpay, and fostering engagement with loyal buyers. 

Today, Square is a trusted partner to sellers of various sizes, from newly established sellers to large enterprise-scale enterprises with intricate operations. 

Since its inception, Square has received funding from big names such as Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, and GIC Private Limited, Singapore’s largest sovereign wealth fund. Angel investors, including Marissa Mayer and Biz Stone, have made early investments in the company.

Square went public with its IPO launch in November 2015, with an initial valuation of $2.9 billion. Since 2012, the company registered a profit for the first time in the fiscal year 2019.

As of today, Block Inc., the parent company of Square, commands a market capitalization of approximately $40 billion.

4. Coinbase | Cryptocurrency Exchange Platform

Founded in 2012

The cryptocurrency boom of 2017 was a major turning point for the world’s largest digital currency exchange, Coinbase. For those who are unaware, Coinbase is a trading platform that allows customers to invest in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Since its establishment in 2012, the company has raised over $217 in funding and is backed by veteran VC firms such as Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Ribbit Capital. In 2017, Coinbase generated over $1 billion in revenue.

According to its SEC filings in late 2022, the company had a total of 108 million registered users.

It went public in early 2021, attaining a valuation of $63 billion. However, subsequent corrections in prices resulted in a revised valuation of $32 billion.

So far, Coinbase has raised a total of $678.7 million through 19 funding rounds. Their recent funding was raised in September 2023 through a post-IPO Debt round.

3. Adyen | A Dutch Payment Company

Founded in 2006

Adyen is a Netherlands-based fintech company that allows businesses and merchants to receive payments from anywhere in the world through card networks (such as VISA and Mastercard) and local payment methods. It employs machine learning methods to give data-rich insights on transactions and business revenue optimization.

The company turned profitable for the first time in 2011 and started global expansion by establishing new offices in London and San Francisco. Adyen processed over $50 billion in transactions in 2015, which went up to $90 billion in 2016. 

In 2017, it achieved a significant milestone by surpassing €100 billion in processed volume. 

Adyen is backed by prominent venture capital and private equity firms, including Temasek Holdings, General Atlantic, and Index Ventures. It went public in June 2018.

In 2022, the company generated $1.31 billion in annual revenue with a total assets of $7.72 billion. Currently, its market capitalization stands at over $36.26 billion.

2. Stripe | Payment Infrastructure

Founded in 2009

Stripe is a payment processing service that allows business owners and developers to securely receive payments for their services. It was founded in 2009 by two Irish siblings – Pattrick and John Collison.

In 2011, Stripe received its first major funding of $2 million from the likes of Peter Thiel and Elon Musk (the co-founders of PayPal). The company achieved a unicorn status after surpassing a $1 billion valuation in 2014.

Stripe has made a few investments of its own, as well. It made a series of investments in Monzo, a UK-based challenger bank currently valued at $4.5 billion. In 2013, it bought a task management and collaboration app called Kickoff. In 2020, Stripe acquired a Nigeria-based payment processor, Paystack, to expand in Africa.

The company raised $250 million at a $35 billion valuation from some of the most prominent venture funds globally, including Sequoia Capital and General Catalyst.

Stripe’s meteoric rise in the fintech world can be attributed to its overall technological supremacy over its competitors.

In March 2021, Stripe finalized a $600 million funding round led by multinational financial services companies, including Fidelity Investments, AXA SA, and Insurers Allianz SE. With that funding, Stripe became America’s most valued fintech company at a $95 billion valuation.

The company has raised a total of $8.7 billion through 20 funding rounds. The recent influx of capital occurred in April 2023 during a Grant round.

1. Ant Group | Mobile Payments & Digital Banking

Founded in 2014

Ant Financial, now known as Ant Group, is the largest financial technology company in the world. It is an affiliate firm of China’s Alibaba Group.

Ant Financial owns Alipay, one of the world’s largest digital payment platforms. Ant also operates other financial services, such as Yu’e Bao, a popular money market fund, and Zhima Credit, a private credit rating system.

In 2015, Ant Group secured a hefty $4.5 billion investment from some of the largest financial institutions in China, including China Investment Corp., China Development Bank Capital, and Chila Life. The investment valued the company at $45 billion.

In 2018, Ant Group raised approximately $14 billion, marking it as one of the largest single fundraisings ever accomplished by a private firm on a global scale.

In October 2020, Ant Financial was expected to go public in perhaps the world’s largest IPO yet. The company would have raised $34.5 billion at a valuation of $313 billion. However, the IPO was canceled by the Chinese regulators. As a result of the ongoing regulatory pressure, the company continues to lose its valuation. In February 2021, Ant Financial was valued at $144 billion.

More to Know

What is fintech?

Fintech, or financial technology, is a term used to describe any innovative product, application, or process intended to improve and enhance the delivery of financial services.

As an emerging industry, fintech is increasingly influencing areas such as investments and trading, insurance, risk management, and banking services. It also includes developing and exchanging cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ethereum).

Initially, the term was exclusive to back-end systems and technology implemented by traditional financial institutions and banks. Today, however, financial technology has become more customer-centric, focusing on individually tailored products and customer satisfaction.

Fintech helps businesses and individual customers to manage their finances and financial processes more efficiently by utilizing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

Will fintech replace traditional banks?

It is unlikely in the foreseeable future. 

Traditional banks are known to offer a wide range of financial services and products to their customers under one platform, from basic banking services to trading and mortgage offerings. However, the basic idea of fintech is to provide specialized, more efficient, and individual products and offerings.

Fintech companies leverage cutting-edge technology and prioritize customer-centric solutions, enabling them to operate with greater cost efficiency compared to conventional financial institutions.

Moreover, the financial industry is far more exposed to ‘disruptive’ innovation since finance is all about handling data. In other words, fintech companies have certain advantages that enable them to challenge and compete with large established banks.

In the face of competition from fintech companies, many large banks have turned to in-house venture funds to invest and acquire disruptive technologies. For instance, in September 2021, Goldman Sachs announced the acquisition of GreenSky, a credit lending platform, for $2.2 billion to bolster its homegrown online bank, Marcus.

Whether or not fintech can replace traditional banks depends on future strategies used by those banks and financial institutions. Without enhancing the speed and efficiency of their services, banks are unlikely to survive the Fintech challenge.

What are Neobanks, and how do they differ from traditional banks?

Neobanks (short for new-age banks) operate exclusively online or through mobile apps without traditional physical branches. They are a part of the broader fintech industry that aim to provide banking services in a more streamlined, digital, and customer-centric manner. 

Neobanks Traditional Banks
Digital-only; no physical branches Physical branches and ATMs are widely available
Quick and often with minimal paperwork Typically involves in-person visits and paperwork
Agile and quick to adapt to market demands May have more bureaucratic operations and slower response to change
Focuses on a specific niche or a few core products Offers various  financial products and services
Often relies heavily on digital channels like email and chat In-person, phone, and digital support options
Uses AI and data analytics for personalized customer experiences Personalization may be limited compared to neobanks
What is the future of fintech?

As we have mentioned earlier, investments in financial technology companies around the world have skyrocketed in recent years, and despite the current slowdown, the total value of the funding is only expected to increase in the long term.

Over the last few years, fintech products such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain, Robo advisors, and neobanks have attracted the attention of mainstream media and are part of the popular culture.

According to IndustryARC, the global fintech market will exceed $851 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 18.5%. Key technologies like AI, cloud computing, and blockchain will shape this industry in the next decade. 

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Varun Kumar

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  • Peeyush Panthari says:

    Hey Varun,

    Nice article. Just a query. Did you miss adding Paytm or do not consider it fintech company?

    • Josh Liukko says:

      What about Fidelity Information Services (FIS)? They are the largest payments acquirer in the world. 74B+ transactions annually.