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Is Airbnb's valuation for real? We'll have to wait for it to go public to see how it would really stack up against the market caps of major hotel chains.

Airbnb, the San Francisco-based alternative accommodations platform that got its start in 2008, is worth a lot of money. About $30 billion worth according to those who have decided to invest at that valuation.

Having closed its most recent funding round, which it began in February, the company added at least another $555 million in funding from 27 entities. Most of that $555 million came from Google Capital, according to a Fortune article.

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In total, it’s estimated Airbnb may amass up to $850 million in funding from this round. It remains the most well-funded travel startup today.

With a valuation of $30 billion, the private company is worth nearly $7 billion more than the next most valuable hospitality company, publicly traded Hilton Worldwide, which has a market cap of $23.33 billion. By comparison, Airbnb is almost worth more than Hilton and Hyatt ($6.87 billion) combined ($30.2 billion).

Airbnb currently has more than 2 million listings in more than 191 countries around the world. By comparison, the newly combined Marriott and Starwood has 1.1 million rooms in 110 countries worldwide.

For a clearer insight into how Airbnb stacks up in comparison to some of the biggest hospitality companies, you can take a look at the table below:

Airbnb’s Valuation Versus Hotel Chain Market Caps

Hospitality Company Valuation/Market Cap
AccorHotels $11.28 billion
Airbnb $30 billion
Choice Hotels International $2.64 billion
Hilton Worldwide $23.33 billion
Hyatt Hotels Corp. $6.87 billion
InterContinental Hotels Group $8.29 billion
Marriott International $17.8 billion
Wyndham Worldwide $7.56 billion

Source: Google Finance

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Photo credit: Privately held Airbnb has a $30 billion valuation, nearly $7 billion more than publicly traded Hilton Worldwide's market cap. Airbnb

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