Geek Trivia: What three Facebook non-founders stand to profit the most from the company's IPO?

Three individual investors stand to make a substantial amount of money from Facebook's impending IPO -- despite not being company founders.

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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