It has been years since an IPO has drawn as much attention as the upcoming Facebook public launch. This may be the most buzzed initial public offering in history with more discussion surrounding it than even the Google IPO which raised $1.67 billion in 2004.
Facebook is expected to raise around $10 billion.
Much of the attention is geared around a series of risks associated with the company. Social networking is still not a proven consistent path to profit. They are making money but some believe it’s not pacing as well as it would if revenue was their focus. They have famously declared that they want the money to increase innovation, not the other way around.
Other questions surround the young CEO. On one hand, he has a tendency to “check out” when it comes time to talk business. On the other hand, he’ll be a real billionaire (as compared to his current status as paper billionaire) after the IPO goes through. Will it change him? He will still retain 57.3% of voting shares after the IPO.
The $100 billion company with thousands of investors’ money will be under the guidance of a many who will turn 28 on May 14, days before his Harvard dorm room project takes centre stage in Wall Street.
Here are 7 infographics that take a close look at the site, the company, the man behind them, and what investors may be looking at when considering the great Facebook risk. It could turn into the smartest investment many will ever make. It could be another Google, another Apple.
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