In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes created Facemash, which later became Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) in Zuckerberg's Harvard University dormitory room. At first limited to Harvard students, the website later expanded to other college students, then high school students and then the general public. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, the $115.9 million company helps open new connections for people worldwide. Friends and family use the social network to stay in touch, post photos, watch videos and learn what is going on around the globe. Members can join common-interest groups, post events, research job opportunities and fulfill other needs. Facebook's key suppliers are domiciled in the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Singapore, Russia and other countries.
DuPont Fabros Technology
DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) leases critical load, or backup electrical supply, for Facebook's digital communications, as well as computer room space from four buildings on DFT's data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Originally a data center business created by Hossein Fateh in 1997, DFT was founded by Lammot J. du Pont and Fateh in March 2007. Headquartered in Washington, the $3 million company powers, cools, and protects servers and essential mission and business applications outsourced by information technology customers. DFT is also a real estate investment trust (REIT) that develops, operate and manages wholesale data centers for international Internet and enterprise companies. DFT derives 21.3% of its revenue from Facebook.
Digital Realty Trust
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) leases data center capacity to Facebook. Digital Realty houses, operates and manages Facebook's servers and storage. Founded in February 2001 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, the $13 million Digital Realty is a worldwide leader in technical real estate. The company acquires, manages and scales data center campuses for 32 global markets. Digital Realty earns 2.5% of its revenue from Facebook.
British Land Company
British Land Company PLC (LSE: BLND.L) leases space at Regent's Place, a mixed-use campus in London, to Facebook UK. Founded in 1856 and headquartered in London, British Land is one of Europe's leading real estate companies. The $10.3 million REIT owns, manages, develops and finances top-quality commercial property at prime retail locations in the United Kingdom. British Land earns 0.9% of its revenue from Facebook.
Mail.ru Group Ltd. Sponsored GDR
Mail.ru Group Ltd. Sponsored GDR (OTC: MAIL) sold its shares in Facebook in 2013. Dmitry Grishin, Alexey Krivenkov, Michael Zaitsev and Eugene Goland founded the $4.5 million Mail.ru in 1998. The Moscow-based company develops global web communications and entertainment services. Various Russian-language social networks and instant messenger services, email service, online games and mobile applications are its focus. In 2015, Mail.ru generated $39.3 million in revenue.
Advanced Micro Devices
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) partnered with Facebook to develop Oculus Ready PCs. Oculus VR, LLC, a virtual reality technology company owned by Facebook, created Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display for video gaming available for use with Oculus Ready PCs. John Carey, Larry Stenger, Jerry Sanders, Frank Botte, Edwin Turney, Sven Simonsen, Jack Gifford and Jim Giles founded Advanced Micro Devices on May 1, 1969. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the $2.3 million company's product strategy improves technology users' experiences by developing new software, hardware, business models and more, as well as investing in cutting-edge software and application companies. Advanced Micro Devices' 2015 revenue was $4 billion.
With help from key suppliers, Facebook dominates the social networking industry. With today's fast-paced lifestyle, the company serves a vital need for people wanting to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues. Facebook remains a powerhouse in social networking now and likely will for years to come.