Time it took to reach $1 billion valuation: 1.71 years
Latest valuation: $45 billion
Total funding to date: $1.4 billion
What it does: Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that has a huge loyal fan base, as some even call it the “Apple of China.” In fact, its founder and CEO Lei Jun often dresses in the same blue jeans, black shirt, and tennis shoes Apple’s Steve Jobs used to wear for product announcements. Xiaomi also sells other products like TVs, cameras, and earphones.