Visualizing The World's Biggest IPOs
The following chart courtesy of good.is shows the world's largest ever IPOs. Not surprisingly, of the top 10, the peak activity occurred in 2006, while 2010 has been the second busiest year on record so far, courtesy of AgriBank of China and Dai-Ichi of Japan. Oddly enough, Visa 2008 IPO is the only US-based company to make the top 10 IPO list, with Japan having the most representatives (3), the same China, and Italy, Germany, US and Russia all with one company in the top ten listing. Altogether the top 10 primary stock issues have amounted to $156 billion in equity capital raised. In a world in which cost of money has become negligible, this seems like an surprisingly low number.