These Were The 10 Biggest Venture-Backed Buyouts In History Before Facebook Acquired WhatsApp For $19 Billion | Exploring Markets

These Were The 10 Biggest Venture-Backed Buyouts In History Before Facebook Acquired WhatsApp For $19 Billion

This list shows the 10 biggest acquisitions in the history of companies who were solely backed by venture capital or private equity.

Before Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the largest-ever deal was US West Media purchasing Continental Cablevision in 1996 for $11.8 billion.

However, the latest deal by Facebook, who paid $19 billion for WhatsApp, now easily rises to the top of the list. It also makes Google's acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion look rather small: