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Tencent wanted to buy WhatsApp, but Mark Zuckerberg swooped in and stole the $19 billion deal while its CEO was having back surgery

Facebook shocked the world when it purchased WhatsApp for a jaw-dropped $19 billion in 2014. WhatsApp was a fledgling rocketship with millions of users around the globe, and it was being courted by other tech companies as a possible takeover target at the time. One of those suitors was Chinese software giant Tencent, the maker of WeChat. In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Tencent CEO Ma Huateng revealed that his company was close to finalizing an acquisition of WhatsApp when he had back surgery.
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