The Top 10 Biggest Tech Acquisitions Ever

June 14, 2016

11:02 am

LinkedIn announced their acquisition by Microsoft yesterday. It’s a move CEO Satya Nadella says will prove “key to our bold ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes.” The hot takes are already agreed: $26.2 billion is a lot to pay for the professionally-oriented social network.

Of course, deals in which dozens of billions exchange hands aren’t unheard of, especially in the tech world. The LinkedIn buy is one of the largest tech acquisitions in recent memory, but it’s not the biggest. Here’s a rundown of the top ten, starting with the largest purchases and moving down.

 

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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