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Facebook float may pay €1.1bn for Bono

Published 04/12/2011 | 05:00

LUCK OF THE DEVIL: Bono was once called 'the worst investor in America'. But not any more
LUCK OF THE DEVIL: Bono was once called 'the worst investor in America'. But not any more

ONCE dubbed "the worst investor in America", U2 front man Bono is looking pretty shrewd these days.

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Last week it emerged that social media giant Facebook is limbering up to raise €7.5bn in a stockmarket flotation early next year. This sale of 10 per cent of the firm would value the company at an extraordinary €75bn.

Bono is one of the key players in California private equity group Elevation Partners, which has spent over €156m for a 1.5 per cent stake in the social network.

Elevation spent €67m for 2.5 million shares in November 2009 and a further €89m for five million shares in June 2010. but since then, valuations of Facebook have exploded, with Elevation seeing its stake increase more than sevenfold in just over two years.

The shares are now worth around €1.1bn.

Facebook employs more than 300 staff at its Dublin base, many of whom may be in line for a major windfall when the company goes public next year.

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