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9 Biggest Buyouts in Internet Stocks History

These multibillion-dollar buyouts weren't all winners

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#5. Microsoft Buys aQuantive

microsoft-stock-msftYear: 2007
Purchase Value: $6.3 billion
Inflation Adjusted Price:  $7.1 billion

Microsoft (MSFT) paid more than it ever had for a buyout in order to acquire the digital marketing network aQuantive in 2007. The hopes was that online ad agency would help it close the gap separating it from top internet stocks Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO).

Unfortunately, the company wrote off nearly the entire price tag a few years later. Oh well!

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