May 20, 2012
Bono Shoots Down Billionaire Reports Following Facebook Flotation
U2 rocker Bono has shut down rumours he is set to become one of the richest rockers in the world after Facebook.com's flotation on the stock exchange.
The social networking site became one of the US stock market's largest ever flotations, with the site eventually being valued at £66 billion, more than McDonalds and Amazon.com, when trading closed on Friday.
Bono was rumoured to overtake Sir Paul McCartney in the money stakes thanks to his 2.3 per cent stake in the site which his investment group snapped up for £57 million in 2009.
It was believed the deal would net him around £949 million, outstripping McCartney's reported fortune of £632 million, but the superstar insists the Beatles legend is still the richest man in music.
He tells MSNBC, "Contrary to reports, I'm not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle - and not just in the sense of money, by the way, the Beatles are untouchable - those billionaire reports are a joke."