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The 10 most expensive M&A deals in technology history

Microsoft is negotiating to buy TikTok and could cost up to $ 50 billion. This deal, if true, will be among the most expensive deals in technology history.

Microsoft recently confirmed it is in talks to acquire TikTok, China’s short video app, ByteDance. TikTok is valued at about US $ 50 billion by investors. If the deal succeeds, it will be the second highest value of all time and stand on dozens of other major acquisitions.

Here are the 10 biggest purchases in the history of the world’s tech village:

10. Salesforce buys Tableau

Technology giant Salesforce acquired Tableau in 2019 for $ 15.7 billion. This is the latest ‘commodity’ in Salesforce’s plan to acquire companies that make themselves stronger. Having acquired Tableau, Salesforce owns a large data visualization and data analysis platform with over 86,000 customers.

9. Walmart buys Flipkart

Walmart is betting on Flipkart to expand globally. Flipkart serves the Indian market. Through this deal, Walmart immediately made an important mark in the billion-nation nation. This is also an important step in Walmart’s e-commerce strategy because Flipkart is a large e-commerce startup. Walmart bought Flipkart in 2018 for $ 16 billion.

8. Nokia purchased Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia bought Alcatel-Lucent in 2015 for $ 16.6 billion. The deal is to expand Nokia’s network equipment business after the Finnish company sold its mobile division to Microsoft. It helped Nokia become one of the major players in the 5G market.

7. Facebook buys WhatsApp

The messaging app WhatsApp cost Facebook $ 22 billion in 2014. It allowed Facebook to instantly expand its reach to tens of millions of people. Like Instagram, WhatsApp maintains global popularity despite being under the influence of a notorious parent company like Facebook.

6. HP purchased Compaq

In 2001, HP spent $ 25 billion to buy computer company Compaq. However, it is considered the worst M&A deal in technology history.

5. Microsoft buys LinkedIn

The acquisition of LinkedIn marks a new era in Microsoft’s purchase plan, where companies are free to operate after sharing a home with a software company. LinkedIn essentially remained largely unchanged after selling itself to Microsoft in 2016 for $ 26.2 billion. So far, this is still the most expensive M&A case of the Windows manufacturer.

4. SoftBank buy ARM

SoftBank bought ARM in 2016 for $ 31 billion. Currently, the Japanese company wants to sell ARM to potential buyers, including Nvidia.

3. IBM buys Red Hat

Spending $ 34 billion to buy Red Hat in 2018, IBM brought in a lot of assets, including popular software such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization. Under the agreement, Red Hat products become part of IBM Cloud.

2. Avago buys Broadcom

These are two names that are quite unknown to ordinary users. However, these are giants in the field of infrastructure and technology located inside many products of other companies, from cable modems to chips in Ethernet switches. In 2015, Avago bought Broadcom for $ 37 billion.

1. Dell buys EMC Corporation

So far, this is still the highest M&A deal in technology history with a value of $ 67 billion in 2015. Combining Dell products with EMC allows Dell to go further in computing services. businesses and help EMC to escape pressure from investors due to business downturn.

Source: Cafebiz

Translated by Thanh Tran

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