Google spent $1.6B on 40 companies in 9 months

Google’s 2010 acquisition-spending spree has so far involved 40 companies and a total of $1.6 billion, the company revealed today.

 

 

It’s been a busy year for the men and women of Google’s mergers-and-acquisitions team, closing an average of 4.4 deals a month, according to Google’s quarterly report filed with the U.s. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The top three deals involved AdMob, at a final price of $681 million, Slide, at a final price of $179 million, and On2 Technologies, at a final price of $123 million.

 

But Google also completed 37 other deals by the end of September, spending a total of $626 million on those smaller deals. Google CEO Eric Schmidt wasn’t kidding when he said Google was planning to open its checkbook in 2010.

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