Sunday, May 26

Airbnb Raises $1 Billion in Debt and Equity Funding

Airbnb announced that Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners will invest $1 billion in Airbnb in a combination of debt and equity securities.

The new funding will support Airbnb’s ongoing work to invest over the long term in its community of hosts who share their homes and experiences, as well as the work to serve all stakeholders in the Airbnb community.

The desire to explore, connect, have new experiences and have a comfortable place to call home are universal and enduring. And our commitment to create a greater sense of belonging for everyone, everywhere will never change.

Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community

Started in 2008, Airbnb has rapidly grown into a trusted two-sided marketplace that generates real money for millions of regular people who share their homes and host Experiences. People who share their homes keep up to 97 percent of what they charge for their listings, while guests have easy access to a wide range of places to stay from budget to luxury in nearly every country and region in the world.

Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community Brian Chesky commented on how this commitment will enable the company to strategically invest in Airbnb’s community of hosts and be in the strongest possible position as travel rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“First off, I want to thank Silver Lake and Sixth Street for their incredible partnership and support. They have a well-earned track record for being insightful thought partners who always have a strong sense of where the world is going. 

The future of Airbnb as focused on three core products, Our Hosts, Long Stays and Airbnb experience.

Silver Lake Co-CEO and Managing Partner Egon Durban after investing in Airbnb said, “Airbnb’s revolutionary platform has transformed how people travel, unlocking one-of-a-kind stays and experiences at scale. While the current environment is clearly a difficult one for the hospitality industry, the desire to travel and have authentic experiences is fundamental and enduring. Airbnb’s diverse, global, and resilient business model is particularly well suited to prosper as the world inevitably recovers and we all get back out to experience it.”

Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners funds’ investment will include $5 million which Airbnb will contribute to its Superhost Relief Fund, which will provide grants worth a combined total of $15 million to Superhosts who rent out their own home and need help paying their rent or mortgage, as well as long-tenured Experience hosts trying to make ends meet. Silver Lake and Sixth Street applaud Airbnb’s long-standing commitment to their host community, especially in the current environment.