7 Landmark Tech Deal Toys

An LBO.

A British cop.

A flying taxi.

Two Facebook rejects.

See these stories, and more, as we unfurl our gallery of landmark tech deal toys.

Michael Dell managed to upstage the $25 billion LBO in which he took his company private in 2013 with this 2015 deal. It remains the largest tech acquisition in history.

PayPal currently handles more than $8,000 in payments every second.

Years before this $19 billion deal, WhatsApp co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton had each applied for jobs at Facebook. Both were rejected.

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams was among a recently announced group of investors in the development of a “flying taxi”. A rival folding-wing prototype can already convert from drive to flight modes in less than a minute.

At the time of Worldpay’s takeover last month, the FT described the fintech firm as both a “diamond in the rough” and a “technology powerhouse”.  It was founded in 1997 by Nick Ogden—-a former British policeman.Facebook has reportedly earmarked $1 billion through 2018 for the development and launch of original entertainment content.

 

 

The most frequent “how to” searches on Google globally? “How to tie a tie”, followed by “how to kiss”. Other top-ten queries involve how to make money—-and pancakes. (Shown here is the Google IPO deal toy).

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