By the Numbers

Mars Acquisition of Wrigley: 3rd Biggest Deal of 2008

Privately held candy maker, Mars confirmed that it is buying Wrigley's for $23B in partnership with Warren Buffett.  The combination would match up confection brands like M&Ms and Snickers with Orbit, Extra, Altoids and Lifesavers.  The deal would rank as the third biggest announced deal of the year. 

Here are the top deals of 2008 to date (Thomson Reuters):

Note: The Novartis / Alcon deal is a two-stage deal.  Total value is over $38 billion.