If there’s one constant in the tech world, it’s big companies gobbling up smaller companies. There have been some massive acquisitions in the last decade. From Elon Musk to T-Mobile, let’s take a look at some of the biggest.
2022: Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Billion
As of November 2022, the biggest tech acquisition of the last decade happened earlier this very year. Microsoft shocked everyone by acquiring the gaming company Blizzard Activision for $68.7 Billion. Massive titles such as Call of Duty and Overwatch are now under the Microsoft umbrella. The deal has not been approved yet.
2015: Dell Buys EMC for $67 Billion
Dell isn’t in the news as much as it used to be, but back in 2015, it made headlines by acquiring network storage company EMC—including VMWare—for $67 Billion. At the time, it made Dell the biggest seller of storage systems in the world.
2022: Elon Musk Buys Twitter for $44 Billion
The most recent acquisition on the list is Elon Musk and Twitter, which was finalized in late 2022 for $44 Billion. The deal made Twitter into a privately held company once again. and Musk the self-appointed “Chief Twit.” This came after he bought a 9.2% stake in the company in April 2022.
2015: Avago Buys Broadcom for $37 Billion
A couple of names that may not mean anything to the average consumer, chipmaker Avago purchased Broadcom in 2015 for $37 Billion. Broadcom is a massive supplier of semiconductors and infrastructure software products. There’s a good chance you’re reading this on a device with Broadcom components.
2020: AMD Buys Xlinix for $35 Billion
Staying in chipmaker territory, AMD purchased its competitor Xlinix for $35 Billion in 2020. This acquisition was important for AMD to compete with its long-time rival Intel.
2019: IBM Buys Red Hat for $34 Billion
You didn’t think there’d be a list of big tech companies without IBM, did you? In 2019, IBM purchased Red Hat for $34 Billion. Red Hat provides open-source software to enterprises, which is a big part of IBM’s business.
2016: SoftBank Buys Arm for $31.4 Billion
SoftBank is a Japanese company that specializes in investments. In 2016, the company made one such investment by acquiring Arm for $31.4 Billion. Arm has grown substantially since, but SoftBank is looking to sell it in 2023.
2020: Salesforce Buys Slack for $27.7 Billion
If you work remotely, there’s a pretty decent chance you’re familiar with Slack. The team messaging app was acquired by Salesforce for $27.7 Billion in 2020. Salesforce’s hope is to compete with Microsoft Teams, which has risen in popularity since the pandemic.
2016: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion
Two names you’re probably familiar with joined forces in 2016 when Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion. Prior to Blizzard Activision, this was Microsoft’s biggest acquisition. LinkedIn is now integrated with Office 365.
2020: T-Mobile Buys Sprint for $26 Billion
It might not be the biggest by price, but T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint in 2020 for $26 Billion has had massive effects in the tech world. There are now only three major carriers in the U.S., and Dish Network is an MVNO carrier now.
There you have it. A lot of money is constantly trading hands in the tech industry. Companies you thought were independent are actually owned by even bigger companies. Sometimes it’s good for consumers; sometimes it’s not.