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Infographic – Top Tech Acquisition Timeline

Top tech industry acquisitions

Click on image for larger view (CB Insights)

13 July 2019. The world’s five leading technology enterprises are acquiring more companies and with more money in recent years than before. The companies, known collectively as FAMGA — Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Apple — continue to add new properties to their portfolios, with the size of the purchase prices at the time documented in this weekend’s infographic, compiled by our friends at CB Insights.

The chart shows acquisitions of $1 billion or more in the past 20 years. All told, FAMGA made 25 of these major purchases, with Microsoft accounting for 10 of that total. Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn at $26.2 billion in 2016 is the largest acquisition, followed by Facebook’s take-over of WhatsApp for $22 billion in 2014.

Microsoft also started off the acquisition parade in 1999 with its purchase of Visio for 1.4 billion. The latest $1 billion+ take-over is Google’s acquisition of Looker, an analytics enterprise, for $2.6 billion. Of the five tech companies, Apple so far made the fewest of these purchases, only Beats Electronics in 2014 for $3 billion.

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