Date
17 November 2017
Magic Leap is preparing the launch of a headset that shows images overlaid against the real world, known as augmented reality. Photo: Bloomberg
Magic Leap is preparing the launch of a headset that shows images overlaid against the real world, known as augmented reality. Photo: Bloomberg

Startup Magic Leap raises US$500 mln in new funding

Magic Leap, a well-funded and secretive startup, said on Tuesday it has raised US$502 million in a new capital funding round led by Temasek Holdings, an investment firm owned by the government of Singapore, Reuters reports.

New investors in the latest series D funding also include EDBI, a Singapore-based global fund, Grupo Globo from Brazil, and Janus Henderson Investors, Magic Leap said in a statement. 

The new financing round comes as Magic Leap readies a long-awaited debut product, a headset that shows images overlaid against the real world, known as augmented reality.

According to a corporate filing earlier this month, the Florida-based startup was seeking to raise up to $1 billion in fresh funding.

Magic Leap said some existing investors were also part of the latest funding. They included Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Fidelity Management and Research Co, Google LLC, J.P. Morgan Investment Management and T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Bloomberg reported last month that Temasek was considering to participate in a new financing round of more than US$500 million, valuing Magic Leap close to US$6 billion.

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