According to several sources, Google was interested in WhatsApp
Facebook isn’t the only company that was interested in WhatsApp. It looks like Google had already made an offer for the messaging app, but was rejected.According to Fortune, several sources with knowledge about the offer said that Google offered to acquire WhatsApp for $10 billion (€7.3 billion). The bid lacked several things on top of money and that’s the promise of a board seat.
Google declined to comment on the information, since it’s not a company that usually engages in discussing what it usually classifies as “rumors.”
As a reminder, Facebook will pay $16 billion (€13.8 billion), including $4 billion (€2.9 billion) in cash and another $12 billion (€8.7 billion) in Facebook shares, for WhatsApp. An additional $3 billion (€2.2 billion) will be handed out in restricted stock units to WhatsApp’s founders and employees over the next four years, putting the final acquisition price at $19 billion (€13.8 billion), nearly twice as much as Google offered.