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Most Expensive Takeovers in the World


Takeover or an acquisition is a business taking over an another business. Which is common in the business world. But these takeovers have made history as the price paid in return has such a dramatic number. And some of them was not very wise. Let’s see the top 5 mergers and Acquisitions.

5. Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires SABMiller

In 2016 the world’s largest brewer acquired its rival in a merger valued at approximately $104 billion.

SABMiller was a British brewing company established in 1895. It had brands including Fosters, Castle Lager and Redd’s. Before the merger it was the second highest brewer measured by revenue. The first place was of course the Anheuser-Busch InBev. AB InBev was a multinational brewing company based in Leuven, Belgium founded in 2008, after 100 years than SABMiller. InBev has brands including Corona, Budweiser and Stella Artois.

4. Dow Chemical Acquires DuPont

DuPont de Nemours, Inc., commonly known as DuPont, is an American company founded in 1802 as a gun powder mill by French-American chemist Éleuthère Irénée du Pont. DuPont developed many polymers such as Vespel, neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar, Kapton, Kevlar, Zemdrain, M5 fiber, Nomex, Tyvek, Sorona, Corfam and Lycra. DuPont developed Freon (chlorofluorocarbons) for the refrigerant industry, and later other refrigerants. It also developed synthetic pigments and paints including ChromaFlair. By the 2014 it was the fourth largest chemical company in the world according to market capitalization.

The Dow chemical company was an American multinational chemical company founded in 1897. They produced plastics, chemicals and agricultural products.

In Dec. 2015, the two chemical conglomerates—Dow Chemical and DuPont—announced their intention to merge in a deal valued at $130 billion. Completed in September 2017, the combined companies took on the name DowDuPont Inc. and included three divisions: agriculture, materials science, and specialty products.

3. Verizon Communications Purchased Verizon Wireless from Vodafone

Verizon communications is an American multinational telecommunication company formally known as Bell Atlantic Corporation until 2000. Verizon Wireless (commonly shortened to Verizon) is an American telecommunications company which offers wireless products and services. It was founded by a joint venture of Bell Atlantic Corporation and British multinational company Vodafone in 1998.

The Verizon Communications spent $130 billion and became the owner of Verizon Wireless in 2014. As a part of the acquisition, Verizon Communications took full control of Verizon Wireless from the UK’s Vodafone, leading to the end of Vodafone’s 14-year long stint in the U.S. telecom market. The deal resulted in windfall gains for Vodafone investors as they pocketed £54.3 billion (around $87 billion).

2. American Online Takeover Time Warner

American Online or AOL is an American web portal and online service provider based in New York founded in 1983. The company was known as a pioneer of the internet in mid 1990s. As they provided a web portal, e-mail, instant messeging along with a web browser. At the peak of its popularity they spent $165 billion on Time Warner in 2001. It is the largest merger in the US history.

Time Warner is an American multinational media and entertainment company founded in 1990 by Steve Ross currently owned by AT&T from 2018. The company has film, television and cable operations, with its assets including WarnerMedia Studios & Networks (consisting of the entertainment assets of Turner Broadcasting, HBO, and Cinemax as well as Warner Bros.

However, the expected synergies of the merger between AOL and Time Warner never fully materialized. The two companies clashed in management style and culture, something that was only exacerbated by the bursting of the dotcom bubble and the ensuing recession. The value of AOL stock plummeted. Eventually, AOL and Time Warner parted ways, spinning off to operate as independent companies. But up to date it is the highest price paid for a merger within US.

  1. Vodafone Takeover Mannesmann AG

Mannesmann was a German Industrial conglomerate. The company was originally founded as a manufacturer of steel pipes in 1890. Mannesmann’s product range grew and the company expanded into numerous sectors, starting from various steel products and trading to mechanical and electrical engineering, automotive and telecommunications.

In 1999, British multinational telecom company Vodafone Group (VOD) decided to buy German telecom giant Mannesmann AG. The long-running effort by Vodafone’s AirTouch PLC finally paid off in February 2000 when Mannesmann accepted its offer for a $180.95 billion acquisition, making the takeover the largest merger and acquisition (M&A) deal in history.

As the mobile market gained momentum across the globe and growth was at its peak, the large-value merger was expected to reshape the global telecommunications landscape. However, the deal was a failure and Vodafone was forced to write-off billions of dollars in the following years.

The name Mannesmann ceased to exist in the engineering, automotive and telecommunications sectors soon after Vodafone purchased the company. It lives on in the steel industry, particularly in the steel tube and pipe industry, as the German steel manufacturer Salzgitter AG bought the pipe production division of Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG (today Mannesmannröhren-Werke GmbH), as well as the Mannesmann brand.

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