One of the most talked about events in social media during February 2014 was Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) buying the popular messaging app WhatsApp. But while buyouts occur on a virtually day to day basis, what stood out in this case was the impressive amount of money Facebook was willing to pay – $4 billion in cash and an additional $15 billion in Facebook shares.
While the buyout was met with mixed opinions, it is interesting to take a look at what motivated the purchase. Following, we would like to present you with a list we have compiled of the top reasons behind Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp. Curious to learn what Zuckerberg found so appealing about WhatsApp that he shelled out such an impressive sum of money? Let’s take a look at the countdown.