Interpublic Facebook stake valued at $200-$300 million: report

PHILADELPHIA Sun Apr 3, 2011 8:40pm EDT

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question from the audience after unveiling a new messaging system during a news conference in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question from the audience after unveiling a new messaging system during a news conference in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010.

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Advertising group Interpublic Group owns a stake in Facebook that could be valued at roughly $200 million to $300 million, The Financial Times reported.

The exact size of the stake has not been disclosed, but people close to Interpublic say it owns slightly less than a half percent of Facebook, the newspaper said in its electronic edition. Interpublic paid less than $5 million for the stake in 2006, the newspaper said.

Interpublic's stake of 0.4 percent would be worth $200 million, based on a Facebook valuation of about $50 billion, the newspaper said.

Interpublic could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Reporting by Jessica Hall; Editing by Dhara Ranasinghe)

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