Muslim-Americans have co-founded a disproportionate share of Silicon Valley unicorns despite being a smaller share of the American population.
According to VentureBeat, there were 229 unicorns as of January 2016. Unicorn is defined in this case as a company founded in the last 25 years that achieved at least $1 billion in valuation.
According to a new estimate in 2016, there are 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States, about 1% of the total U.S. population.
Muslim-American co-founded unicorns: Cloudera ($4-5 billion in valuation)
Jawbone ($1.5 billion)
Youtube (Acquired by Google, estimated valuation $80 billion)
Admob (Acquired by Google, estimated valuation $6 billion)
1.7% of unicorns are co-founded by Muslim-Americans despite being slightly under 1% of the American population, and this is despite probable undercounting due to a very secular/indifferent attitude to religion in the Valley.
PS: I sourced the companies founded by Muslim entrepreneurs based on this Quora thread. If you know of another unicorn Muslim founder or are one yourself, let me know at email@example.com!