Factbox: Beyond Zuckerberg: Facebook's less known faces

Wed Feb 1, 2012 6:04pm EST
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By Alistair Barr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook filed its IPO on Wednesday, setting the stage for the Internet industry's biggest coming-out party and one of Wall Street's most hotly anticipated events of 2012.

Here is a look at some of the personalities behind the world's largest social network.

1. Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and co-founder

Zuckerberg, portrayed as a brilliant, ambitious and ruthless empire-builder in the 2010 movie "The Social Network," founded Facebook with Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin while at Harvard University in 2004.

The 27-year-old frontman, who has repeatedly said he was in no rush to go public because that might distract employees and dilute his control, decides the direction and product strategy of the company.

Forbes estimates Zuckberg's net worth at $17.5 billion, making him the 14th richest man in the United States.

2. Peter Thiel, investor and director

The billionaire Stanford alumnus and former Wall Street trader was Facebook's first outside investor and director. Thiel co-founded online payments service PayPal and sold it to eBay Inc (EBAY.O: Quote) for $1.5 billion in 2002.   Continued...

<p>Peter Thiel, entrepreneur and co-founder of PayPal, speaks during a news conference on "nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to economic research and innovative public policies for the 21st century" at the National Press Club in Washington October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas</p>