The 9 biggest takeovers of all time

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Anheuser-Busch InBev just saw its third bid this month to acquire rival SABMiller rejected.

AB InBev had proposed paying almost $100 billion, something SABMiller said “substantially undervalues” it. All’s not lost for AB InBev. The company has the support of SAB Miller’s largest shareholder, Altria, and may yet persuade others to push for a deal.

If a deal does go through at the $100 billion price, it’ll be the one of biggest deals by size in history.

Business Insider compiled what are currently the 9 biggest deals in history, based on rankings by Dealogic.


9. Royal Dutch Shell — BG Group

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Shell’s company logo is pictured at a gas station in Zurich
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $81.5 billion

In April 2015, the oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell bought the British oil and gas BG Group in a deal totaling> $81.5 billion.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, Royal Dutch Shell is the 14th biggest public company in the world and has a $195.4 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


8. Exxon — Mobil

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A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $85.6 billion

In December 1998, the American oil and gas company Exxon and the American oil and gas company Mobil merged after signing an agreement to form ExxonMobil.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, ExxonMobil is the 7th biggest public company in the world and has a $357.1 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


7. Royal Bank of Scotland Group — ABN AMRO Holding

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A man walks past a branch of The Royal Bank of Scotland in central London.
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $95.6 billion

In April 2007, the British banking and insurance holding company Royal Bank of Scotland Group bought the Dutch bank ABN AMRO in a deal totaling $95.6 billion.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, RBS is the 430th biggest public company in the world and has a $60.2 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


6. AT&T — BellSouth

How much? $101.9 billion

In March 2006, the American multinational telecommunications corporation AT&T bought BellSouth in a deal totaling $95.6 billion.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, AT&T is the 27th biggest public company in the world and has a $173 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


5. Altria Group — Philip Morris International

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Packs of Marlboro cigarettes are displayed for sale at a convenience store in Somerville, Massachusetts July 17, 2014.
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REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How much? $111.3 billion

In January 2008, the American tobacco and cigarette corporation Altria Group bought Phillip Morris International in a deal totaling $111.3 billion.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, Altria Group is the 237th biggest public company in the world and has a $101.4 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


4. Pfizer — Warner-Lambert

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A man walks past Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $111.8 billion

In January 2008, the American multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer bought Warner Lambert in a deal totaling $111.8 billion.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, Pfizer is the 48th biggest public company in the world and has a $211.7 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


3. America Online — Time Warner Inc

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The AOL logo is seen at the company’s office in New York
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $112.1 billion

In January 2000, the American multinational mass media corporation America Online, known as AOL, and Time Warner Inc merged after signing an agreement to form AOL Time Warner.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, Time Warner, which spun off AOL in 2009, is the 163rd biggest public company in the world and has a $70.8 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Sources: Dealogic, Forb


2. Verizon Communications — Verizon Wireless

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A sign hangs in the Verizon booth on the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $130.1 billion

In September 2013, the American broadband and telecommunications company Verizon Communications, bought Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, Verizon Communications is the 22nd biggest public company in the world and has a $202.5 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes


Vodafone AirTouch — Mannesmann

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Branding for Vodafone is seen on the exterior of a shop in London, Great Britain.
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Thomson Reuters

How much? $172 billion

In November 1999, the British multinational telecommunications company Vodafone AirTouch, bought German telephony and internet company Mannesmann in a deal totaling $172 billion.

According to Forbes’ world’s biggest public companies list, Vodafone Group plc, which reverted to its original name in 2000, is the 40th biggest public company in the world and has a $88 billion market value as of May 2015. The company is headquartered in London, England.

Sources: Dealogic, Forbes