This deal values the social network at $65bn, weeks after an investment round led by Goldman Sachs and DST valued the company at $50bn.
The investment by General Atlantic has yet to be approved by Facebook, but indicates that a future IPO would give the company a market cap of around $100bn.
At the end of last week, activity on SecondMarket, the private company stock exchange, indicated that Facebook is now worth around $75bn.
Facebook has more than 600 million users. Almost half of the UK population has a profile on the network. Mark Zuckerberg’s 24 per cent stake in the business is now worth $15bn.
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