Starting off the new year just like everyone hopes they will: with an extra $500,000,000.
And just what will Mark Zuckerberg do with the new-found cash? Well, he won't report to a board of directors or shareholders, as the company remains closely held -- making the investment that much more extraordinary.
The influx, based on a $50 billion valuation, will allow for FB to pursue more talent (from a brain-draining Google?) and/or look into acquisitions.
In addition to Goldman's money, the sum of $450,000,000, the Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies added $50,000,00, according to people involved in the talks.
Funny how $50M gets you a mention in the last paragraph of a story, huh?