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Best (and Worst) Mergers of All time

When it comes to mergers, some are so successful that we can’t remember a time when the companies were distinct: Where would Disney be without Pixar, or J.P. Morgan without Chase?

But many mergers fall flat on their faces. The newly created company goes bankrupt, executives are fired, and in some cases, the merged companies disband in a sort of corporate divorce.

For whatever the reason, there doesn’t seem to be a magic trick to corporate mergers. They are inherently risky, and without the proper strategy, intuition and knowledge, mergers can get, well, ugly.

Here we look at the top 10 best, and worst, mergers of all time: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Source: Rasmussen College School of Business/Rasmussen College Online

WIN-Initiative | Getty ImagesPosted 29 Dec 09