REVEALED: The 25 biggest IPOs ever

In the run-up to Facebook's long-awaited IPO, Arabian Business counts down the most expensive public offerings in corporate history
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25. China State Construction and Engineering

\nOffer date: 07/23/09

\nExchange: Shanghai

\nIndustry: Construction

\nDeal size: US$7.43bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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24. DDI Corporation

\nOffer date: 09/03/93

\nExchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Technology

\nDeal size: US$7.6bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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23. British Gas

\nOffer date: 12/08/86

\nExchange: London Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Energy

\nDeal size: US$7.6bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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22. Teliba AB

\nOffer date: 06/13/00

\nExchange: OMX Nordic Exchange

\nIndustry: Communications

\nDeal size: US$7.73bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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21. Banader Hotels

\nOffer date: 11/20/05

\nExchange: Bahrain Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Hospitality

\nDeal size: US$7.96bn

\n(Image for illustrative purposes only)

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20. VTB Bank

\nOffer date: 05/10/07

\nExchange: London Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$7.99bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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19. Water Holding Company

\nOffer date: 11/22/89

\nExchange: London Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Utilities

\nDeal size: US$8.2bn

(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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18. EDF

\nOffer date: 11/18/05

\nExchange: Euronext/Paris

\nIndustry: Energy

\nDeal size: US$8.33bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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17. Kraft Foods

\nOffer date: 06/12/01

\nExchange: New York Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Retail

\nDeal size: US$8.68bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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16. China Construction Bank

\nOffer date: 10/20/05

\nExchange: Hong Kong/Shanghai

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$9.23bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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15. Japan Tobacco Inc

\nOffer date: 10/27/94

\nExchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Retail

\nDeal size: US$9.56bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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14. Glencore International

\nOffer date: 05/19/11

\nExchange: London Stock Exchange/Hong Kong Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Resources

\nDeal size: US$10.32

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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13. Rosneft Oil Company

\nOffer date: 07/13/06

\nExchange: Russian Trading System

\nIndustry: Energy

\nDeal size: US$10.42bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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12. AT&T Wireless

\nOffer date: 04/26/00

\nExchange: New York Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Communications

\nDeal size: US$10.62bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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11. Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance

\nOffer date: 03/23/10

\nExchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$10.99bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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10. Bank of China

\nOffer date: 05/24/06

\nExchange: Hong Kong Stock Exchange/Shanghai Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$11.19bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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9. Deutsche Telekom

\nOffer date:11/17/96

\nExchange: New York Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Communications

\nDeal size: US$13.03bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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8. NTT

\nOffer date: 02/09/87

\nExchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Communications

\nDeal size: US$15.3bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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7. General Motors

\nOffer date: 11/17/10

\nExchange: New York Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Automotive

\nDeal size: US$15.8bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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6. ENEL SpA

\nOffer date: 11/01/99

\nExchange: New York Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Energy

\nDeal size: US$16.45bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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5. AIA

\nOffer date: 10/21/10

\nExchange: Hong Kong Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$17.82bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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4. Visa

\nOffer date: 03/18/08

\nExchange: New York Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$17.86bn

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3. NTT Mobile

\nOffer date: 10/22/98

\nExchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Communications

\nDeal size: US$18.1bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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2. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

\nOffer date: 10/20/06

\nExchange: Hong Kong Stock Exchange/Shanghai Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$19.09bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)

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1. Agricultural Bank of China

\nOffer date: 07/07/10

\nExchange: Hong Kong Stock Exchange/Shanghai Stock Exchange

\nIndustry: Finance

\nDeal size: US$19.23bn

\n(Image: Bloomberg)