Twitter’s much-anticipated initial public offering is less than a day away, and many observers expect it to raise billions. For some context, here is a list of the 10 highest-grossing IPOs in U.S. history.
10. HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) became the largest private-equity-backed IPO in March 2011, raising $3.8 billion.
9. Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE:TRV) raised $3.9 billion during its March 2002 IPO.
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8. The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX) raised $4.1 billion in June 2007.
7. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) raised $4.4 billion in October 1998.
6. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT) raised $4.6 billion in July 2002.
5. United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS) raised $5.5 billion in its November 1999 IPO.
4. Mondelez International Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ), known as Kraft Foods before 2012, raised $8.7 billion in its June 2001 IPO.
3. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) raised $15.8 billion in November 2010.
2. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) in May 2012 raised $16 billion.
1. Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) in March 2008 raised $17.9 billion, making it the largest IPO in U.S. history.