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That's chump change when he expects his shares in Facebook to be worth some million.'If that IPO bell happens, then I will definitely put money down,' said the person, who declined to be identified because he did not want to draw attention to his financial status, given the antiglitz ethos of many people in Silicon Valley.

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Facebook's headcount has swelled from 700 employees in late 2008 to more than 3,000 today.

Given its generous use of equity-based compensation in past years, people familiar with Facebook say that even by conservative estimates there are likely to be well over a thousand people looking at million-dollar-plus paydays after the company goes public.

Currently the executive director of a new social network called Jumo which connects individuals to global nonprofits.

One such person is engineer Karel Baloun, who joined the social network in 2005 and left just over a year later to start his own online network for commodities-futures traders, funded by a tidy package of stock options.

Have famed artist Dale Chihuly create a glass art installation at the bottom of a customer's swimming pool for £950,000.

But for employees of Facebook, these and other lavish dreams are moving closer to reality as the world's No.1 online social network prepares for a blockbuster initial public offering that could create at least a thousand millionaires.

Managers hired one year ago received 2,000 to 30,000 restricted shares depending on the job function, according to another recruiter who had also worked for Facebook.

The company has also been stingier in handing out equity to noncore employees -- so there may not be as many of the dazzling rags-to-riches stories that were commonplace at the time of the Google IPO, when in-house chefs and at least one masseuse struck gold with options.

Others are thinking less science fiction and more 'Indiana Jones.' A group of current and former Facebook workers has begun laying the groundwork for an expedition to Mexico that sounds more suited to characters from the Steven Spielberg film 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' than to the computer geeks famously portrayed in the movie about Facebook, 'The Social Network.'Initially, the group wanted to organize its own jungle expedition to excavate a relatively untouched site of Mayan ruins, according to people familiar with the matter who also did not want to court notoriety by being identified in this story.

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