The Wall Street Journal has a table of the top ten largest buyouts of all time, headed, of course, by the RJR Nabisco deal back in 1988. While the table isn’t inflation adjusted, so there may be some confounds here, what’s interesting is how many of the largest buyouts are recent.
The answer: Including the just-announced Kinder Morgan deal, eight of the ten largest buyouts of all time have happened since March of 2005. Five of the ten largest of all time are this year alone. Incredible.