Facebook announced yesterday that it's buying messaging app WhatsApp for the completely astounding sum of $16 billion plus $3bn in restricted shares (that's £9.5 billion + £1.8bn). That's clearly a lot of money. What else could the American company have done with such a gargantuan stack of cash? Here's an incomplete list.
When Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post newspaper in August of last year, he paid $250 million (£163 million). Which seemed like a lot at the time.
Google let Lenovo take Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion (£1.8 billion) just last month.
Better start booking yours before Facebook grabs all the seats.
Beam, Inc., which makes seven brands of liquor including Maker's Mark, was recently sold to a Japanese whiskey and beer conglomerate for $16 billion (£9.7 billion).
And theoretically, each one comes with an ivory collar, three tiger toys, and one "Hello Tiger" guide. Of course, with probably only a few thousand tigers left in the world, even a company as powerful as Facebook would have a hard time making this happen.
NASA's budget is $17.6 billion (£10.6 billion) for fiscal year 2014, meaning Facebook could have run the space agency for around 332 days for the cost of one WhatsApp.
Talk about an astronomical price.
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