13. Microsoft Buys Fast Search & Transfer

Sale Price: $1.2 billion
Year: 2008

Microsoft scooped up FAST, a Norwegian-based company known for its specialized search products, in order to bolster its SharePoint software and the still-gestating Bing. In 2009, it was discovered by Norwegian police that FAST had conducted shady accounting tactics in 2006 and 2007 and CEO John Lervik resigned from Microsoft in disgrace.