Amazon's major acquisitions over the years

Smartphone with Amazon logo is seen in front of displayed MGM logo in this illustration taken, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

May 26 (Reuters) - Inc (AMZN.O) on Wednesday snapped up MGM, the fabled U.S. movie studio behind the James Bond franchise, for $8.45 billion, in what will be its second-biggest acquisition ever as the e-commerce giant moves deeper into several sectors.

The deal opens up a vast library of hit movies and TV shows, for Amazon, including "The Handmaid's Tale", "Vikings" and "Shark Tank", and further strengthens its Prime video streaming service.

The announcement by the e-commerce giant comes more than a week after AT&T (T.N), the owner of HBO and Warner Bros studios, and Discovery (DISCA.O), home to lifestyle TV networks such as HGTV and TLC, said they would combine their content to form a standalone global entertainment and media business in a $43 billion deal. read more

Here is a timeline of Amazon's largest deals over the last 20 years:

2020 - Agrees to buy California-based self-driving startup Zoox Inc in a deal reported to be worth more than $1 billion that gives it options to use autonomous technology in either ride-hailing or its delivery network. (

2019 - Agrees to acquire a 49% stake in a unit of India's Future Group which owns 7.3% of Future Retail, giving the U.S.-based company a 3.58% stake in the retailer which operates more than 1,500 stores in the country. (

2018 - Agrees to buy video doorbell maker Ring, in a growing bet on delivering packages inside of shoppers' homes and on home security. (

2018 - Agrees to acquire small online pharmacy PillPack, a move to compete with drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy benefit managers. (

2017 - Says it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, in what has been its biggest ever deal so far. (

2017 - Clinches deal to buy Middle East online retailer Financial terms were not disclosed. (

2017 - An affiliate of the company agrees to buy a 1.79 billion-rupee ($27.6 million) stake in Indian retailer Shoppers Stop Ltd (

2014 - Snaps up live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash. (

2012 - Agrees to buy robotic technology company Kiva Systems Inc for $775 million in cash. (

2010 - Buys the owner of online shopping sites and, Quidsi, for $500 million. (

2009 - Pays about $928 million to acquire online shoe retailer (

Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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