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March 21, 2011

The Top 20 Biggest Mergers and Acquisitions


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The Infographic shows e the 20 biggest mergers and acquisitions in world history. Here are the 20 biggest mergers and acquisitions in world history. They encompass the finance, telecom, energy, pharmaceutical and products industries.

  • In 1998, Nation’s Bank Corp. acquired BankAmerica Corp. for $61.6 billion. Travelers Group acquired Citycorp for $72.5 billion.
  • In 1999, AT&T Corp. acquired Tele-com Inc. for $69.9 billion. Vodafone Group acquired Airtouch Comm. for $65.8 billion. Sanofi-Synthelabo acquired Aventis for $65.6 billion.
  • In 2000, SBC Communications acquired Ameritech Corp. for $70.4 billion. Exxon Corp. acquired Mobil Corp. for $85.1 billion. In the largest acquisition of all time, Vodafone AirTouch acquired Mannesmann for $202.8 billion. Pfizer, Inc., acquired Warner-Lambert Co. for $88.8 billion.
  • In 2001, GlaxoWellcome acquired SmithKline Beecham for $78.7 billion. In the second-largest acquisition in history, America Online acquired Time Warner for $181.6 billion.
  • In 2002, Bell Atlantic Corp. acquired GTE Corp. for $71.3 billion. Comcast Corp. acquired AT&T Broadband for $72.0 billion.
  • In 2005, Royal Dutch Petrol acquired Shell Trans. & Trade for $80.3 billion.
  • In 2006, AT&T Inc. acquired BellSouth Corp. for $89.4 billion.
  • In 2007, shareholders acquired Kraft Foods, Inc., for $61.6 billion. RFS Holdings acquired ABN-AMRO Holdings for $98.2 billion, making it the fourth-largest acquisition of all time.
  • In 2008, shareholders acquired Phillip Morris Intl. for $113.0 billion, making it the third-largest acquisition in history. Gaz de France acquired Suez for $75.2 billion.
  • In 2009, the U.S. Treasury Dept. acquired GM Certain Assets for $61.2 billion.