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Sources: Facebook considered investing in Xiaomi

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Jan 2015 10:21

Sources: Facebook considered investing in Xiaomi

According to sources, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently discussed a possible Facebook investment in the world's third-largest smartphone maker.
Xiaomi raised $1.1 billion last month, valuing the company at $45 billion, but Facebook was not part of the investors.

Zuckerberg visited China in October, but no deal was ever cemented. A big hurdle was the political implications of such a move, since Facebook has been banned in China for half of a decade.

Xiaomi, after starting just 4 years ago, is now China's biggest smartphone maker. The company sold 61.12 million smartphones last year, bringing in $12 billion in revenue.


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