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11 Biggest Acquisitions In The History Of The Tech World

Acquisitions and mergers are common in the technology world. Typically, they involve a giant corporation absorbing a smaller company, in the billions of dollars. However, mega-mergers sometimes happen, in which a giant ends up closing the purchase of another giant. Recently elon musk bought twitter and Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard in January and spent billions of dollars to hold the power in the companies. Like these big acquisitions, many other largest acquisitions happened in the past:

Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard – for $68.7 billion


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In January this year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$68.7 billion. The company acquired eight studios with 9,500 employees, including Beenox, in Quebec. The all-cash transaction will allow Microsoft to expand its presence in the mobile gaming space and provide the foundation for a foray into the metaverse, or virtual environment.

The American giant, which markets the Xbox console and has several development studios, will thus become the third-largest player in the video game industry in terms of turnover behind Chinese Tencent and Japanese Sony, the maker of the PlayStation.

Dell acquired EMC – for $67 billion

Dell acquired EMC - for $67 billion
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In 2015 Dell announced the acquisition of data storage company EMC, for US$ 67 billion. The takeover of EMC enables Dell, the world’s third-largest personal computer maker, to expand into the more lucrative business data management services market. EMC also controlled VMWarethe software and services cloud and virtualization companyand retained its independence and remained a listed company, Dell and EMC said in a joint statement.

Elon Musk acquired Twitter – for $44 billion

Elon Musk acquired Twitter - for $44 billion
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Recently world’s richest man Elon Musk acquired Twitter in an all-cash deal worth $44 billion. After acquiring Twitter for $44 billion, Tesla and SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk wants to make a few changes at the company. In his pitch, Musk said that he intends to crack down on executive and board pay at Twitter. To make more money, Elon Musk wants to conduct a few experiments on Twitter. For starters, he wants to make money from Tweets that contain crucial information or end up going viral.

Avago Technologies acquired Broadcom – for $37 billion

Avago Technologies acquired Broadcom - for $37 billion
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In 2015 Avago Technologies, one of the largest suppliers of semiconductor and infrastructure software products in the US acquired its rival Broadcom (BRCM) for $37 billion with $17 billion in cash and nearly $20 billion in shares. Broadcom is a fabless semiconductor company that makes networking ICs for data, voice and video applications in the wireless and broadband communications space. The company offers a variety of out-of-the-box connectivity platforms for connected devices and the Internet of Things, such as home automation, beacons and connected cars.

“Announcement marks the combination of the unparalleled engineering prowess of Broadcom with Avago’s heritage of technology from HP, AT&T, and LSI Logic, in a landmark transaction for the semiconductor industry… together with Broadcom, we intend to bring the combined company to a level of profitability consistent with Avago’s long-term target model,” said Hock Tan, president and CEO of Avago, in a statement.

AMD acquired Xilinx – for $35 billion

AMD acquired Xilinx - for $35 billion
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At the end of October 2020, AMD acquired its chipmaker rival Xilinx in an all-stock transaction valued at $35 billion. All stock transactions with a combined enterprise value of approximately $135 billion at the time.

“Our acquisition of Xilinx marks the next leg in our journey to establish AMD as the industry’s high performance computing leader and partner of choice for the largest and most important technology companies in the world,” AMD President and CEO Dr Lisa Su said. “This is truly a compelling combination that will create significant value for all stakeholders, including AMD and Xilinx shareholders who will benefit from the future growth and upside potential of the combined company. The Xilinx team is one of the strongest in the industry and we are thrilled to welcome them to the AMD family. By combining our world-class engineering teams and deep domain expertise, we will create an industry leader with the vision, talent and scale to define the future of high-performance computing.”

IBM acquired Redhat – for $34 billion

IBM acquired Redhat - for $34 billion
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In July 2019, IBM, a big tech giant, acquired the enterprise software leader Redhat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion. The deal was meant to accelerate innovation by offering a next-generation hybrid multi-cloud platform.

“Businesses are starting the next chapter of their digital reinventions, modernizing infrastructure and moving mission-critical workloads across private clouds and multiple clouds from multiple vendors,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president, and CEO. “They need open, flexible technology to manage these hybrid multi-cloud environments. And they need partners they can trust to manage and secure these systems. IBM and Red Hat are uniquely suited to meet these needs. As the leading hybrid cloud provider, we will help clients forge the technology foundations of their business for decades to come.”

SoftBank acquired Arm – for $31 billion

SoftBank acquired Arm - for $31 billion
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japanese firm Softbank acquired UK-based semiconductor giant chipmaker ARM Holdings for $32 billion supplying part of the chip design in almost all smartphones, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone, as well as factory equipment and cars. Softbank has said it will continue to operate ARM as a separate, independent company while doubling its headcount in the coming years to between 5,000 and 6,000 people. Based in Cambridge, UK, ARM has become the popular choice for processors that run smartphones.

Salesforce acquired Slack – for approximately $27.7 billion

Salesforce acquired Slack - for approximately $27.7 billion
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In December 2020 American cloud-based software company headquartered, Salesforce acquired messaging app ‘Slack’ for $28 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Slack shareholders received $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share. The deal was meant to create the operating system for a new way to work, uniquely enabling companies to grow and succeed in the all-digital world.

“Stewart and his team have built one of the most beloved platforms in enterprise software history, with an incredible ecosystem around it,” said Marc Benioff, Chair and CEO, of Salesforce. “This is a match made in heaven. Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world. I’m thrilled to welcome Slack to the Salesforce Ohana once the transaction closes.”

“Salesforce started the cloud revolution, and two decades later, we are still tapping into all the possibilities it offers to transform the way we work. The opportunity we see together is massive,” said Stewart Butterfield, Slack CEO and Co-Founder in the statement. “As software plays a more and more critical role in the performance of every organization, we share a vision of reduced complexity, increased power and flexibility, and ultimately a greater degree of alignment and organizational agility. Personally, I believe this is the most strategic combination in the history of software, and I can’t wait to get going.”

Microsoft acquired LinkedIn – for $26 billion

Microsoft acquired LinkedIn - for $26 billion
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In June 2016, Microsoft acquired the world’s largest and most valuable professional network ‘LinkedIn’ for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business focused on connecting the world’s professionals,” Nadella said. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet.”

“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn’s network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” Weiner said. “For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.”

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $22 billion –

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $22 billion -
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In 2014, Facebook decided to open the vaults to have the biggest chat app in the world, competing with its own Messenger. At the time, the purchase was confusing, as the company already had a service of similar quality, but the company’s intention with WhatsApp and Messenger is increasingly obvious. The former must remain a pure messaging service, while the second will gradually become a much wider platform.

Facebook paid $4.59 billion in cash and 178 million shares of its stock for WhatsApp, as well as 46 million grants in restricted stock units for WhatsApp employees that vested over four years. At the time Facebook’s share price was $77.17 in the US market, the deal translates to around $21.8 billion.

“WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community,” Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on his page. “Since WhatsApp and (Facebook) Messenger serve such different and important users, we will continue investing in both,” he added.

HP acquired Compaq – for $18.6 billion

HP acquired Compaq - for $18.6 billion
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There was a time when Compaq was a big name in the computer market. This was in the 1980s. Over the decades, the brand wanted until it was bought by HP around the turn of the millennium. The deal was announced in 2001 at a much higher value than the price agreed between the two parties. In 2002, the deal was sealed for nearly $19 billion.

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