October 1, 2010 / 10:30 PM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Key facts about Facebook

(Reuters) - “The Social Network,” a dramatized account of the founding of Facebook, hits U.S. cinemas on Friday. Here are a few facts about the company that has become a cultural mainstay, counting one of every two Americans as a user and more than 500 million users worldwide.


* Founded February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin in a Harvard dorm room. Now headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

* Valued at $23 billion in June 2010 when private equity firm Elevation Partners invested $120 million in the company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. The company was valued at more than $30 billion, according to recent trades on Sharespost, a secondary market for private shares.

* Facebook’s revenue was as much as $800 million in 2009, two sources told Reuters in June.

* Facebook employs more than 1,700 people.

* Zuckerberg, who reportedly lives in a modest rental home in Palo Alto, is the 36th richest American, with a net worth of $6.9 billion, according to Forbes.


* About 70 percent of Facebook users are outside the United


* Facebook has more than 500 million active users (people who have returned to the site in the past 30 days).

* More than 30 billion pieces of content including links, photos, news stories, are shared each month.

* Facebook users have an average of 130 friends.

* More than 150 million active users use Facebook on their mobile devices — using 200 service providers in 60 countries.

Reporting by Liana B. Baker; Editing by Peter Cooney

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