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Updated by Nick Kellet on Nov 01, 2020
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12 most mindblowing acquisitions of our time

This week we will be finding the 12 Most Mindblowing Acquisitions of Our Times. On the tail of Instagram, you’ve got to wonder what are the big business acquisitions of our time. What were the game changers? Perhaps the acquisition caused the App to tank? They don’t have to be big to be impactful, but don’t just add a link to an acquisition story — add your perspective.


Clicking on a Fortune: Facebook to Acquire Photo-Sharing Start-Up Instagram for $1 Billion

A blockbuster exit for the popular and elegant mobile photo-sharing service.

eBay picks up PayPal for $1.5 billion

Ending months of speculation, the online auction giant announces a stock deal to buy the leading online payments company. A CNET article by Margaret Kane, Staff Writer. Published on July 8, 2002 8:00 AM PDT.

TechCrunch | Google Has Acquired YouTube

This has to be on the list as it was actually Google's biggest acquisition to date, when they acquired Youtube. Youtube is embedded in our culture and this perhaps is the biggest online acquisition ever. To date, Youtube global traffic rank is #3.....uh I would say that that is not bad huh?


Larry Ellision finally won one of the most hostile acquisition to date.

In Retrospect - Executives on How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong -

On the 10th anniversary of the merger, the executives responsible reflect on why they did it and why it failed.

Exxon-Mobil $82B deal done after FTC approval - Nov. 30, 1999

Oil powerhouses Exxon Corp. and Mobil Corp. completed their $81 billion merger Tuesday, shortly after the U.S. government approved the deal following a promise the two would sell more than 2,400 stations across the country.

BlackRock Completes $15.2 Billion Acquisition of BGI

BlackRock Inc. completed its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors for $15.2 billion in cash and stock to become the world's biggest asset manager.

Citicorp Merges with Travelers

After the stock swap in 1998, the combined entity had almost $700B in assets, making it the largest financial institution in the world

HP's Autonomy acquisition | ZDNet

Unpicking the Autonomy acquisition reveals some interesting nuggets that better explain HP’s decision to acquire. This analysis paints a positiv