An initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch, is the first sale of stock by a company to the public. It can be used by either small or large companies to raise expansion capital and become publicly traded enterprises. Many companies that undertake an IPO also request the assistance of an investment banking firm acting in the capacity of an underwriter to help them correctly assess the value of their shares, that is, the share price.
Tech blogger Vincent Abry has added the big internet profiles of the last decade to one handy chart. It lists their offering, valuation, stock performance and number of employees, then and now.
World’s Top 10 Internet IPOs
So here are the World Top 10 largest IPOs of Internet companies in the last 10 years.
1. Facebook (United States, social network): Deal Size: 5 billion dollars, valuing the company at 100 billion.
2. Google (United States, search engine): amount raised 1.67 billion
3. Alibaba (China Online Marketplace), Deal Size 1.5 billion
4. Yandex (Russian search engine), Deal Size 1.3 billion
5. Shanda Games (China, online games), Deal Size 1.04 billion
6. Zynga (United States, social games), Deal Size 1 billion
7. Giant Interactive (China, MMO online games), Deal Size 887 million
8. Renren (China Social Network), Deal Size 743 million
9. Groupon (United States, Multiple purchase), Deal Size 700 million
10. Linkedin (United States, Professional Social Network), Deal Size 353 million
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