To no Facebook geek's surprise, Sean Parker — the guy played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network and famous in his own right for founding Napster — is one of the trio of Facebook IPO super-beneficiaries.
Venture capital fanboys (they exist) also won't be surprised to learn that PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel — Facebook's original VC investor — is the second non-founder ready to rake in crazy IPO profits.
The final member of the super-profit trio? Bono, the lead singer from U2. He bought equity in Facebook via his shell investment firm Elevation Partners.
Facebook is looking to raise $5 billion from its IPO against a $100 billion total valuation. If that price holds, here's what the top six individual investors look to own in Facebook stock:
- Zuckerberg - $12 billion
- Moskovitz - $3 billion
- Saverin - $2.5 billion
- Parker - $2 billion
- Thiel - $1.5 billion
- Bono - $750 million
Of course, the collective pool of Facebook employee stock is worth more than any of these profiteers, as they'll earn an aggregate $15 billion if all goes according to plan. Get ready for another crop of Silicon Valley paper millionaires.
Those aren't just some eye-popping personal profits; they're a monetarily mind-numbing moment of Geek Trivia.
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