Mark Zuckerberg visits Facebook Dublin HQ

27 May 2011

Forget the Queen or the President of the United States, the founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has arrived on a flying visit to Dublin to give a pep talk to the company’s European headquarters in the city.

According to sources, 27-year-old Zuckerberg spoke to the company’s 200 staff in Dublin and socialised in the city last night.

Zuckerberg was in Europe this week to address the eG8 tech forum that took place ahead of the powerful G8 summit

Facebook came to Ireland two years ago to create initially 70 jobs but has grown exponentially since then to 200, and is still growing.

The arrival of Zuckerberg coincides with a massive party at Facebook’s docklands HQ, where Irish rock band Bell X1 will play a roof concert this evening.

Zuckerberg founded Facebook six years ago while studying at Harvard University. The social networking site has since grown to a colossal 650m users around the world.

The company is believed to be valued at US$80bn and now achieves revenues of US$1bn-US$2bn.

Facebook is expected to IPO next year.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years