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Bono Helped Convince Facebook to Pick Dublin for its European HQ

November 4, 2013 | Written by The Grand Signal
Photo courtesy of Robert Scoble on Flickr |

Ireland hates Bono. Or loves him. It’s hard to tell sometimes.

Right now, the bar seems to be shifting towards ‘love’ — Facebook has chosen the country’s capital city as it’s official headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Apparently, Chief Operating OFficer Sheryl Sandberg was intending to set up in Switzerland, but good friend and investor Bono made his pitch and persuaded her to set up in (unorthodox) Dublin. The decision was announced at an event organized by IDA Ireland.

“Of course, a generous (and now partially under threat) taxation system helped alongside other factors, but according to Flynn, Facebook would probably have been in Switzerland instead of Dublin if it hadn’t have been for the intervention of the pop star.”

via The Next Web

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