Hundreds of Facebook employees are set to become millionaires as the company edges closer to a blockbuster $5billion stock exchange flotation.
Facebook has submitted paperwork to regulators for the most anticipated initial public offering (IPO) since Google in 2004. So what could the lucky employees buy with their new found wealth?
In its regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook Inc. indicated it hopes to raise $5billion in its IPO - a new record for a technology company, surpassing Google's $1.9billion IPO in 2004.
One of the most dramatic Internet success stories of the decade, Facebook is expected to be valued at up to $100billion following the IPO when public investors get a chance to buy a piece of the company for the first time. The IPO filling is the company's first step toward becoming a public company, which will happen once the company's shares officially start trading sometime in the spring.
The company's pay structure means that founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't the only one set to benefit. Since most Facebook employees receive salary plus some kind of equity-based compensation, the wealth will profit all levels of employers and trickle down to engineers, salespeople and other staffers who joined the company.
"There's been discussions of sort of bucket list ideas that people are putting together of things they always wanted to do and now we'll be able to do it,' said one ex-employee who joined in 2005, according to the Daily Mail.
So what could the lucky employees be considering splashing out on?
How about six-bedroom Woodbank Hall set in 10.6 acres of land? Situated about five miles north of Chester and 12 miles south of Liverpool, the property is believed to date from the 1700's, before being re-modelled in in the 1860's.
It comes complete with tennis court, summer house and equestrian facilities, including traditional coach house and a stable block – with an asking price of £1,500,000.
How about a bespoke rock crystal bathtub created by Italian company Baldi? The three-person bath pictured was carved out of a single piece of rock crystal found in the Amazonian rainforest. 2.5 meters in diameter, and took six months to make.
The original was purchased by a Russian magnate, who splurged $858,763 for the tub and company has since created another one especially for the Harrods window with a price tag of $790,310.
How about the most powerful and most expensive Lamborghini ever built?
The third fastest car in world, it takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and it has a top speed of 211 mph. Its rarity (limited to 20) and slick design are what makes it so expensive with a cool price tag of $1,600,000.
Perhaps a modest three-floor mews in central London would take your fancy?
With an asking price of 1,395,000, the three-bedroom property in Southwick Mews is in walking distance to Hyde Park and Paddington and comes with entrance hall, reception room, kitchen, bathroom, shower room and garage, currently converted into an office.
Virgin Galactic trip
How about splashing out on a space adventure for your friends and family? At a mere £127,000 per person, four hundred and fifty would-be astronauts have already booked for Sir Richard Branson's space venture aboard the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles.
Taking off from Virgin Galactic's home, Spaceport America, dubbed the 'Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space', you can book the three-day Virgin Galactic Experience with selected UK operators, including Seasons.