NEW YORK --
The social network is set to begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market at 8 a.m. Pacific time under the ticker symbol FB. It is set to become the second-largest initial public offering in history.
The IPO will value Facebook at more than $104 billion, making it bigger than companies such as McDonald's and Amazon.com.
The stock debut will make
Zuckerberg, who founded the social network from his Harvard dorm room, has become the 29th-richest man in the world in the process.
The IPO is expected to create enormous wealth in Silicon Valley and more than 1,000 new millionaires among the company's 3,000 employees. Many hope this will give a boost to the local economy, including the housing market and car sales.
California lawmakers are drooling over the prospect of the blockbuster stock offering, saying it will give a much-needed boost to the cash-strapped state.
A computer geek with a rebellious streak who turned down big bucks and jobs at
Zuckerberg started Facebook a few months later, and it was a quick success. He and his cohorts moved to Silicon Valley, where they tapped into venture capital and opened Facebook to additional college students, high school students, corporate networks and then everyone. Facebook is now the dominant social networking site for most of the globe, with nearly 1 billion users.