Report: Facebook preparing for IPO in 2012, worth $100 billion?

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Facebook could be preparing for an IPO in the first quarter of 2012, with some sources saying that its IPO could be valued at a massive $100 billion.

With that value, it could be the largest IPO – topping Google’s $23 billion IPO in 2004.

The main motivation, according to CNBC, is said to be that Facebook would be reaching more than 500 investors, therefore triggering a financial rule known as the “500 rule” where you have to disclose your quarterly financial statements just like public companies.

The IPO rumour isn’t new, and as many investors look ready to buy into Facebook stock, hopefully we don’t see another bubble bursting.