Biggest Business Transactions In History

Biggest Business Transactions In History

History has seen many large business deals, but it’s difficult to compare them to each other since the value of currency has changed over time.

Without convert financial figures into today’s dollars, you can’t really see how the tech megadeals of today stack up against business transactions of the past. We’ve done the math so that you can see exactly how the biggest business deals in history stack up against each other.

One of the earliest megadeals took place in 1708, when the British East India Company purchased the English Company Trading to the East Indies, a merger that was sealed with a 3.2 million pound loan to the government for exclusive rights to British trade in India (equivalent to $722 million today).

While many people probably believe that the AOL-Time Warner merger in 2000 was the biggest transaction of all time (totaling the equivalent of $257.84 today), in fact, the biggest transaction to date took place in 1999, when Vodafone acquired Mannesmann for $185.1 billion, or $263.2 billion today.

This deal created the largest mobile phone operator at the time, with over 42 million customers across Europe.

More recently, Google and Facebook have been actively acquiring businesses.

Google has bought YouTube, Android mobile OS, Motorola Mobility, and Nest in the past ten years, while Facebook has purchased Instagram, Oculus Rift, and WhatsApp since 2012.

However, these deals are still dwarfed by the Vodafone transaction; Google’s largest purchase was Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, or $13 billion today, while Facebook took its biggest hit to its wallet with the $19 billion WhatsApp purchase in 2013.

This just goes to show that the biggest names don’t always translate to the biggest deals- at least for now.


Author: Erik Emanuelli

Hi! I am Erik Emanuelli : entrepreneur, traveler and blogger. You can follow me on Twitter, add me on Facebook or circle me on Google.

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  1. Erik,

    Good stuffs man. New site I assume? Nice layout 🙂

    I learn something today (when watching movie). If you want to be successful, make sure you are all-into it. Just don’t go in half full.

    You won’t go far with that!

    Thanks for sharing Erik.

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    • Hi Reginald,
      thanks for your visit.

      It’s one of my current projects,
      but I’ve not so much time to dedicate.

      From time to time, I post some content.

      So as you said, I do not expect much success (for now!)…

      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Hi Erik,
    Thanks for sharing you useful post with all of us. i read your post and enjoyed a lot but i think that success only comes to appeared, when we have deep thinking and knowledge about any business that we are going to start. You doing great job man, keep it up.

    Post a Reply
    • Good to hear the history, right Aamir?
      So we can get inspiration.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Post a Reply

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