May 6, 2014
The largest technology companies in the world are on a spending spree. Not all acquisitions are the same, of course, as a new infographic from FinancesOnline shows. For example, did you know Google was the biggest spender among all technology companies last year? In 2013 alone, Google spent $7.36 billion for “property and equipment” and another $1.45 billion for “intangibles and other assets.” By comparison, Apple has reported a total of $11.12 billion in acquisitions during the past five quarters, plus $1.2 billion in cash “business acquisition" payments. Microsoft, which FinancesOnline calls a “confused buyer,” has had a lot of hits and misses in recent years. Its 2011 purchase of Skype is considered a hit, although the jury is still out on its 2013 purchase of Nokia’s communications and information technology business. Finally, there is Facebook, which spent more on acquisitions during the past two years than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined. The social network spent $19 billion alone when it purchased the Whatsapp Messenger app earlier this year. For the entire FinancesOnline infographic, click here. See also: Microsoft Wants To Color Our World With Nokia Smartphones, and Facebook Confirms It Has 1 Billion 'Active' Mobile Users, 200 Million Instagram Users.