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Top 10 Most Expensive Yahoo Acquisition

These following most expensive Yahoo acquisition was purchased for over than $200 million. Amazing, right? As you know, Yahoo! is a public corporation which was founded by Stanford University graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994. As of October 2007, the global network of Yahoo! receives 3.4 billion page views per day on average, making it one of the most visited US websites. Yahoo!’s first acquisition was the purchase of Net Controls, a web search engine company, in September 1997 for US$1.4 million. As of October 2010, Yahoo! has acquired 62 companies. And below are the most expensive of all.

10. Inktomi Corporation: $235 million

Inktomi Corporation

Inktomi Corporation is the 10th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It was a California company which provides software for Internet service providers. This 10th most expensive Yahoo acquisition was initially founded based on the real-world success of the search engine whom they develop at the university.

9. BlueLithium: $300 million

BlueLithium

BlueLithium is the 9th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s an online advertising network, founded by Gurbaksh Chahal in January 2004. Its service is intended to join behavioral targeting with advanced data analytics to improve campaign optimization over a global advertising network. It was acquired by Yahoo! for a $300 million in September 2007.

8. Zimbra: $350 million

Zimbra

Zimbra is the 8th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s a groupware product created by Zimbra, Inc which is located in Palo Alto, California, United States. Its name was derived from the song “I Zimbra” by Talking Heads. This 8th most expensive Yahoo acquisition was purchased in January 2010 for about $350 million.

7. eGroups: $432 million

eGroups

eGroups is the 7th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s an email-list management website which allows users to created their own mailing lists and others to sign up for membership on the list. It was acquired by Yahoo! in August 2000 for about $432 million and became Yahoo! Groups since then.

6. Hotjobs.com: $436 million

Hotjobs.com

Hotjobs.com is the 6th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s an online job search engine which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2000, but was later acquired by Monster Worldwide. It was later shut down and merged into Monster.com. Two years later, this 6th most expensive Yahoo acquisition was purchased for about $436 million.

5. Kelkoo: $579 million

Kelkoo

Kelkoo is the 5th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s an European price comparison service founded in France in 1999. It allows customers to find information on products they want to purchase, including price and seller information. It was acquired by Yahoo! in 2004 while in November 2008, it was sold to Jamplant, a private equity company.

4. Right Media: $680 million

Right Media

Right Media is the 4th most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s an online advertising company which operates the Right Media Exchange and enables advertisers, publishers and networks to trade digital media. This 4th most expensive Yahoo acquisition was purchased in April 2007 for a staggering $680 million.

3. Overture Services, Inc.: $1.63 billion

Overture Services Inc.

Overture Services, Inc. is the 3rd most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s a keyword-based “Pay per click” or “Sponsored search” Internet advertising service provided by Yahoo!. It was acquired by Yahoo! in 2003 for  about $1.63 billion. The old brand name of company has now been phased out as Yahoo! re-brands many of its products under the Yahoo! name.

2. GeoCities: $3.6 billion

GeoCities

GeoCities is the 2nd most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It was originally founded by David Bohnet and John Rezner in late 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI). This 2nd most expensive Yahoo acquisition was purchased in January 1999, with about $3.6 billion in stock.

1. Broadcast.com: $5.7 billion

Brodcast.com

Broadcast.com is the most expensive Yahoo acquisition, based on our list. It’s an internet radio company founded as AudioNet in September 1995 by Chris Jaeb. This company was later led by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. In April 1999, it was purchased for $5.7 billion and became the most expensive acquisition by Yahoo ever.

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