Here are the Top 10 most expensive acquisitions in Technology buyouts. There are many reasons which lead to a tech acquisition to happen. Furthermore, they can be. Firstly, to acquire talent. Secondly, to shut down a rising competitor. Thirdly, to gain access and ownership to patents, equipment, technologies etc. Lastly, this is rare as it is great fodder for the media. These acquisitions usually come with a heavy price label to push away shareholders peacefully. But also satisfy employees and ensure no one will step down.
Therefore, today we count down the biggest billion-dollar acquisitions. Which have happened in recent years. Also, to put things in perspective. And to see your favourite companies being bought and buying others!
The Top 10 Most Expensive Acquisitions Are:
1) Facebook Buys WhatsApp for an estimate of nearly $19 Billion
Facebook gets access to WhatsApp’s 450 million users and prospective consumers. Just for a bill of 19 Billion USD
2) Google Buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion
Before Facebook made the deal of the decade. However, Google held with an acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011 which was finalized in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
3) HP Buys Autonomy for $10.3 billion
After having bought Compaq for $17.6 Billion in 2002. HP was on course to make another $10-billion sale with Autonomy, an enterprise software company, in 2011.
4) Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion
Before Microsoft bought Skype in mid-2011, Skype was briefly owned by eBay in 2005 for $3.1 billion. EBay sold it off to a private investor at a 40% loss but when Google and Facebook came a-knocking.
5) Oracle Buys Sun Microsystems for $7.4 Billion
Upon buying Sun Microsystems, Oracle took over ownership for Java, the Solaris Operating System and MySQL (considered a threat to Oracle’s business), which Sun had bought two years prior for $1 billion.
6) Microsoft Buys Nokia for $7.2 Billion
Once the no.1 cellphone manufacturer in the world, Nokia sold its mobile phone unit to Microsoft for more than $7 billion in mid-2013.
7) Google Buys Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion
Google possibly wants with thermostats and smoke detectors when it already is the world’s biggest search engine.
8) Dell Buys Quest Software for $2.4 Billion
Quest Software is a leader in enterprise software solutions comprising of database management, data protection. Dell outbid rivals with a $2.4 billion offer to acquire Quest.
9) Yahoo! Buys Tumblr for $1.1 Billion
Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo! in July, 2012 and began a shopping spree that involved a variety of startups including Rockmelt, Aviate. And the one with the biggest price tag, Tumblr.
10) Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion
It buys Instagram, a photo-sharing app for a billion dollars. Facebook has been buy startups left, right and center mostly to acquire new talent.