Inside the tense Amazon-Whole Foods negotiations: How they settled on $42 per share

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At least one other company seriously courted Whole Foods Market Inc. in a takeover bid and four private equity firms were circling to potentially finance a leveraged buyout before the Austin-based grocery chain agreed to be acquired by Amazon.com Inc. for about $13.7 billion in cash. That’s according to a July 7 securities filing, which highlights the intricate moves of Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey and other top executives as they wrangled over the future of the company. The timeline…


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