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Facebook’s investors – who owns what

Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg owns the biggest stake in Facebook – almost a quarter of the company worth up to bn

Mark Zuckerberg owns 24% of the company he founded as a student at Harvard. His network was credited with sparking the Egyptian revolution and his stake could be worth up to bn (£15.2bn).

Accel Partners, the Palo Alto venture capital firm, snaffled 15% of Facebook when the company was valued at m. The deal included million dollar bonus payouts for Zuckerberg and two others. Accel remains joint biggest outside investor with 10%, worth up to bn.

Yuri Milner’s early investments included a macaroni factory, but this son of a Moscow academic now prefers social media. His fund channels oligarch wealth into Silicon Valley, with stakes in Groupon, Zynga and Twitter. Milner companies control an estimated 10% of Facebook.

Dustin Moskovitz had the good fortune to share a room with Zuckerberg at Harvard. He dropped out of his economics course to work for Facebook full time as chief technology officer, leaving in 2008 with a 6% stake, which could be worth bn.

Eduardo Saverin was one of the three co-founders and a classmate of Zuckerberg’s. Initially granted a 30% stake, he took a commercial role at Facebook but left after falling out with Zuckerberg. His holding, whittled down by funding rounds, now stands at 5%.

Sean Parker, the hellraising Napster founder credited with persuading Zuckerberg to hold off selling advertising on Facebook until it had reached critical mass, left in 2005 after a cocaine-related incident. He holds 4%.

Peter Thiel became Facebook’s first significant outside investor when he put up 0,000 in 2004. Involved in the web’s hottest properties from PayPal to YouTube and LinkedIn, he remains on the board and holds a 3% stake, now worth up to bn.

Microsoft invested 0m in 2007, gaining a 1.6% stake, after chief executive Steve Ballmer’s offer to buy Facebook was rebuffed. Now worth up to .6bn.

U2 frontman Bono found what he was looking for when his Elevation Partners investment group amassed a 1.5% stake in Facebook. It might be worth .5bn – which would compensate for less successful gambles on Palm computers and Forbes magazine.

Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital Partners hold an estimated 1.5% each, having participated in Facebook’s third round of fundraising. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds