The Largest Acquisitions By Apple, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft And IBM | Exploring Markets

The Largest Acquisitions By Apple, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft And IBM

Below we've chosen to list the largest acquisitions by 7 of the world's largest tech companies. By seeing this list of acquisitions we hope that you gain insight into what has and hasn't worked in the world of tech acquisitions. It's also interesting to see what companies have and have not succeeded.

The obvious winner is Google. They've collected massive value and revenue from YouTube and DoubleClick. The obvious loser is Microsoft. Many of their acquisitions are underperforming or have already been written off. But what's most interesting is how little Apple has participated in the acquisition of companies. Steve Jobs used to think that acquiring companies was just a failure to innovate. We highlighted that note in a chart below. Take a look:

Apple:

  1. Anobit, $390 million 
  2. AuthenTec, $356 million

Amazon: 

  1. Zappos, $900 million 
  2. Kiva Systems, $775 million 

Google:
  1. Motorola Mobility, $12.5 billion 
  2. Nest, $3.2 billion 
  3. DoubleClick, $3.1 billion 
  4. YouTube, $1.65 billion 

Yahoo:
  1. Broadcast.com, $5 billion 
  2. Overture, $1.83 billion 
  3. Tumblr, $1.1 billion

Facebook: 
  1. WhatsApp, $19 billion
  2. Instagram, $1 billion

Microsoft:
  1. Skype, $8.5 billion
  2. aQuantive, $6 billion
  3. Navision, $1.4 billion
  4. Visio, $1.3 billion

IBM:
  1. Cognos, $5 billion
  2. PWC Consulting, $3.5 billion
  3. SoftLayer Technologies, $2 billion