Many people have a lot of Friends. Someone they can have coffee with, go out together now and than. Really most of them if not all are just people we know. Like saying I have 10,000 friends on Facebook. Are these people really friends/
Now if spomeone says they have many true friends I wouldn't agree. True friends are hard to come by. The one you can say anything to and it will never leave their lips. One that will do anything for you at any time and never expect anything back but yet they know if they need help you would be there. One that understands your situation and respects you no matter what.
So I could say I have a lot of friends. I pefer to just say that I know a lot of people. A CEO knows many people or friends as it's said but how many would one really trust with their life besides family and than maybe not all of them either.