Jack Ma on the stock exchange floor for Alibaba IPO
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Initial public offerings generate lots of buzz in investing circles, whether it’s from long-term investors looking to get in early on a hot stock or speculators trying to make a quick profit.

While the frequency of IPOs has been dwindling over the years — only 74 companies went public in the U.S. in 2016, the lowest total since 2009 — the largest IPO on this list occurred relatively recently, in 2014.

Here are the 10 biggest U.S. IPOs of all time, according to Renaissance Capital.

10. Telstra Corp.

Offer date: Nov. 17, 1997

Deal size: $5.6 billion

9. France Telecom

Offer date: Oct. 17, 1997

Deal size: $7.3 billion

8. Kraft Foods

Offer date: June 12, 2001

Deal size: $8.7 billion

7. AT&T Wireless Group

Offer date: April, 26, 2000

Deal size: $10.6 billion

6. Deutsche Telekom

Offer date: Nov. 17, 1996

Deal size: $13 billion

5. General Motors

Offer date: Nov. 17, 2010

Deal size: $15.8 billion

4. Facebook

Offer date: May 17, 2012

Deal size: $16 billion

3. ENEL SpA

Offer date: Nov. 1, 1999

Deal size: $16.5 billion

2. Visa

Offer date: March 18, 2008

Deal size: $17.9 billion

1. Alibaba

Offer date: Sept. 18, 2014

Deal size: $21.8 billion

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