Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Sorry, Google -- Groupon would rather sell to Exxon

By CNNMoney staff


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Sure, the fact that it can afford to drop a few billion makes Google an attractive suitor for Groupon, but it's not 30-year-old founder and CEO Andrew Mason's first choice. He'd rather something more offbeat.

Like McDonald's. Or Exxon (XOM, Fortune 500).

That's what he said two months ago, when CNNMoney video producer Matt Stuart popped the question during an October shoot for Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" special. (Mason made his debut on this year's list of influential young business leaders at #25.)

Check out Mason's tongue-in-cheek answer to the takeover question, including his hope that "someone totally weird" takes a run at his company. That clip didn't make it into the "40 under 40" video (it's running here for the first time) -- proving the old newsroom axiom that the best material often does end up on the cutting-room floor.

And remember, this is the same CEO who told Fortune about his personal archery range, but confessed to the New York Times that his real passion is "building miniature dollhouses."

Sorry, Google. He's just not that into you.

 To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,473.75 -19.31 -0.10%
Nasdaq 5,110.05 12.42 0.24%
S&P 500 2,169.18 0.70 0.03%
Treasuries 1.56 -0.01 -0.51%
Data as of 5:57am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Freeport-McMoRan Inc... 12.68 0.30 2.42%
Bank of America Corp... 14.53 0.16 1.11%
Apple Inc 96.67 -0.67 -0.69%
Gilead Sciences Inc 81.05 -7.50 -8.47%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 5.35 0.21 4.09%
Data as of Jul 26
Sponsors

Sections

HSBC banker arrested at JFK airport as he prepared to leave the country. He and former trader face federal charges they manipulated currency trades. More

Bernie Sanders takes credit for forcing for forcing Hillary Clinton and the entire Democratic Party to get a lot tougher on Wall Street. But how likely is that to happen? More

A cutting-edge Chinese tech firm that you've probably never heard of just snapped up top U.S. electronics maker Vizio for $2 billion. More

Only 3% of employers offer so-called "vacation stipends" that help pay for their employees' vacations. But those that do make taking time off a must. More