Google offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

Feb 20, 2014

Jessi Hempel was a senior writer for Fortune between 2007 and 2014.

My colleague Dan Primack has written a smart post on the numbers that weren't in the press release Facebook (fb) issued announcing it will acquire messaging service WhatsApp. I'll add just one more:

$10 billion

Two separate sources have told me that's how much Google (goog) offered to purchase WhatsApp. The bid did not come with promise of a board seat, unlike the Facebook agreement.

Google declined to comment, during a conversation with a Fortune colleague.

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