Facebook IPO in Numbers [Infographic]

Facebook, the social networking giant with 840 million users, has applied for its Initial Public Offering (IPO). This is the biggest in the technology world, surpassing even Google’s IPO. Facebook plans to raise up to US$ 10 billion through this IPO and could value the company at US$ 75 to 100 billion once it lists on the bourses.

Facebook User Operations Safety Team workers look at reviews at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Facebook has applied for an IPO, which is likely to be the biggest the tech world has seen so far. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Facebook’s filing has been peeled and peeled one more time by the blogosphere. Right from Zuckerberg’s Hacker Culture, his private jet and his mega-tax bill to how many billionaires it will actually produce, everything was written.

Is there anything left to write about the IPO? For the blogosphere there’s nothing. But for The Economist there is some value to add. In fact it could be the biggest value addition for someone to get to terms with what this IPO really means. Many would hardly care if Dustin Moskowitz will be a billionaire with US$ 5 billion in valuation or if Winkelvoss twins will get their US$ 300 million for being at the right place at the right time.

So what does Facebook IPO really mean for the rest of us? Here’s the distilled version from Economist:


  1. Facebook is the third largest nation, if it was a nation. Point to be noted : It is not allowed in China. A mighty achievement for a service which isn’t in the most populous nation on the planet. Facebook is already big in India with 44 million users.
  2. In Market cap, Facebook is behind Apple, Google, Toyota and McDonalds. Those are the companies from technology to cars and burgers. Amazon is the closest company to Facebook in valuations.
  3. Facebook has 3,200 employees. Compare that with McDonalds 1.7 million employees and the US$ 101 billion market capitalization. Facebook has the highest market capitalization per employee. I don’t if that’s even measured.

Isn’t this the best and the most relevant information about Facebook’s IPO you have seen?

Via The Economist