The buzz around Facebook's highly anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO), predicted to happen in the first half of this year, has been gathering momentum in recent months, and not without justification, as this infographic produced by Accounting Degree Online shows. The figures involved are truly astounding, with some of the standout facts and stats including:
-Facebook's IPO is expected to hit $10 billion when it happens, the biggest of any tech company, six times the size that Google's was back in 2004.
-Facebook is likely to be valued at $100 billion, which would put Facebook ahead of some of the biggest companies on the planet: Disney, Amazon and McDonalds.
-If Facebook is valued at $100 billion, then Mark Zuckerberg stands to receive $25 billion, an almost inconceivable amount to belong to one human being.
-One of the most startling facts illustrated here is that more than 1 in 10 people in the world use Facebook, illustrating how truly globalized and ubiquitous the social network has become.
-89 per cent of Facebook's revenue comes from advertising, so it will be interesting to see if this will continue to be the case this year, if the introduction of ads in the news feed are embraced by users and deliver results for the advertisers.