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15 largest IPOs launched by Internet companies in the world

November 13, 2013 12:05 IST

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Twitter launched its initial public offering and started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013. After the day's trading, shares closed at $44.90, giving the company a valuation of about $31 billion.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest IPOs floated by Internet companies.

Source: Bloomberg Visual Data

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Image: Twitter logo on the floor before the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Facebook

Value of issue: $16 billion

Trade date: May 17, 2012

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: Internet content, entertainment

Overall rank: 1

Facebook, which was founded in 2004, is now a Fortune 500 company.

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Image: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla Chan at the Sun Valley, Idaho Resort, United States.
Photographs: Rick Wilking/Reuters

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World Online International

Value of issue: $2.91 billion

Trade date: March 17, 2000

Issuer country: The Netherlands

Industry: Web portals, ISP

Overall rank: 2

World Online International, which was founded in 1996, was an Internet service provider based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The company was acquired by Italian ISP, Tiscali, in 2000.

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Image: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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T-Online International

Value of issue: $2.77 billion

Trade date: April 17, 2000

Issuer country: Germany

Industry: Web portals, ISP

Overall rank: 3

T-Online International, which was founded in 1995, is the biggest Internet service provider in Germany.

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Image: A view of the headquarters of T-Online International in Darmstadt near Frankfurt in Germany.
Photographs: Reuters
Tags: ISP , Germany

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Google

Value of issue: $1.91 billion

Trade date: August 18, 2004

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: Web portals, ISP

Overall rank: 4

Google, which was founded in 1998, is one of the biggest companies in the world.

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Image: Music room at the Google office in Toronto, Canada.
Photographs: Mark Blinch/Reuters

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Genuity

Value of issue: $1.91 billion

Trade date: June 27, 2000

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: Web hosting, design

Overall rank: 5

Genuity, which was founded in 1949, claims to have sent the first email in the world.

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Image: Jose Manuel Abel, 46, writes an email in an Internet cafe in Munich, Germany.
Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

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Wanadoo

Value of issue: $1.84 billion

Trade date: June 27, 2000

Issuer country: France

Industry: Web portals, ISP

Overall rank: 6

Wanadoo stopped operating as a global brand in 2006 after being renamed Orange.

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Image: A woman and her dog walk by a telecommunications store advertising Orange in Vienna, Austria.
Photographs: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

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Twitter

Value of issue: $1.82 billion

Trade date: November 7, 2013

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: Internet content, entertainment

Overall rank: 7

Twitter, which was founded in 2006, is now one of the 10 most visited websites in the world.

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Image: Twitter co-founders Evan Williams, left, and Jack Dorsey, centre, walk together during the Twitter's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Alibaba.com

Value of issue: $1.69 billion

Trade date: November 6, 2007

Issuer country: China

Industry: E-commerce, services

Overall rank: 8

Alibaba.com, a Chinese e-commerce portal, made its debut on the Hong Kong stock market in 2007.

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Image: An employee serves a guest at the reception counter inside the headquarters office of Alibaba (China) Technology Company on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
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Yandex

Value of issue: $1.43 billion

Trade date: May 23, 2011

Issuer country: The Netherlands

Industry: Web portals, ISP

Overall rank: 9

Yandex, which was founded in 1997, runs the largest search engine in Russia.

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Image: Founder and CEO Arkady Volozh, front, second right, celebrates as Yandex is listed on the Nasdaq exchange New York.
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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Giant Interactive Group

Value of issue: $1.01 billion

Trade date: November 01, 2007

Issuer country: China

Industry: Internet content, entertainment

Overall rank: 10

Giant Interactive Group, which was founded in 2001, is a Chinese company that runs and creates online games.

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Image: An employee watches a computer screen displaying the video game Glorious Mission Online at the game developer's office in Shanghai, China.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters

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TD Waterhouse Group

Value of issue: $1.00 billion

Trade date: June 22, 1999

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: Internet brokers

Overall rank: 11

TD Waterhouse Group provides brokerage and investor services around the world.

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Image: Pedestrians standing in front of an electronic board displaying various stock prices outside a brokerage are reflected in a polished stone surface, in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Yuya Shino/Reuters

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Mail.ru Group

Value of issue: $1.00 billion

Trade date: November 05, 2010

Issuer country: Russia

Industry: Web portals/ISP

Overall rank: 12

Mail.ru Group, which was founded in 1998, is one of the top Internet companies in Russian-speaking countries.

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Image: A woman walks on the platform as a train arrives at Mayakovskaya metro station, which was built in 1938, in Moscow, Russia.
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Tags: ISP , Russia

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Zynga

Value of issue: $1.00 billion

Trade date: December 15, 2011

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: Internet application software

Overall rank: 13

Zynga, which was founded in 2007, creates social games for stand-alone mobile-phone platforms and Internet.

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Image: Corporate logo of Zynga on the board outside the Nasdaq Market Site.
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Renren

Value of issue: $854.9 million

Trade date: May 04, 2011

Issuer country: China

Industry: Internet content, entertainment

Overall rank: 14

Renren, which was founded in 2005, is called the Facebook of China.

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Image: China's Renren Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Chen, centre, is joined by executives and guests as he rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Photographs: Euronext/Handout/Reuters
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Groupon

Value of issue: $805 million

Trade date: November 03, 2011

Issuer country: The United States

Industry: E-commerce, services

Overall rank: 15

Groupon, which was founded in 2008, deals in discounted gift certificates that can be exchanged at outlets.


Image: Groupon Chief Executive Andrew Mason with his wife, pop musician Jenny Gillespie, outside the Nasdaq Market following his company's IPO in New York.
Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

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