Bono's Investment Firm May Make $1.5 Billion in Facebook IPO

Elevation Partners bought 2.3 percent of social media company in 2009

Bono performs at the Jazz Foundation of America celebrates A Great Night In Harlem at The Apollo Theater in New York.
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May 18, 2012 10:25 AM ET

Bono's investment group, Elevation Partners, stands to make more than $1.5 billion in the initial public offering of Facebook stock, Nasdaq reports. Elevation Partners bought 2.3 percent of the social network company for $90 million in 2009.

Facebook is expected to raise $16 billion in its IPO, which would be the largest tech IPO in history, and the third largest IPO for an American company following Visa and General Motors. The company is not yet cleared by the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch the IPO, but CNN reports that Facebook will set its shares at $38 each.

Though some are reporting that Elevation Partners' expected windfall would make Bono the richest rocker alive, this is not necessarily true, as the money will be split among various investors and partners associated with the group. It should also be noted that Bono would not be allowed to sell all of his shares at once, and the singer has said that money raised from his investments will largely be directed to his philanthropic work in Africa.

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