Sheryl Sandberg

Business Personality
Date Of Birth:
28 August 1969
Place Of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Best Known As:
COO of Facebook, 2008-present

Sheryl Sandberg's remarkable career has included stops at the World Bank, the U.S. Treasury, Google and Facebook, where she's been Chief Operating Officer since 2008. Sheryl Sandberg grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida, and studied economics at Harvard. After her graduation in 1991, she worked at the World Bank as a research assistant to Lawrence Summers (who had been her professor and thesis advisor at Harvard), then went on to Harvard Business School, earning an MBA in 1995. She joined Summers again when he was Deputy Treasury Secretary under Robert Rubin; when Summers became Treasury Secretary himself in 1999, Sandberg advanced as his chief of staff. She was 29 years old. After Summers' term ended in 2001, Sandberg moved to California and joined Larry Page and Sergey Brin at a fledgling company called Google. As Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations, she helped build the super-successful AdWords and AdSense advertising services, which made the company billions of dollars. In 2008 she was hired away by Mark Zuckerberg to become COO of Facebook. Her position as one of Silicon Valley's most successful female executives has made her a lightning rod for both praise and criticism, especially after the publication of her 2013 book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead in 2013.

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Sheryl Sandberg has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Brian Kraff; they were married briefly and then divorced in 2004, according to Wikipedia. Kraff is a co-founder of the company Market Hardware. Sandberg’s second marriage was to David Goldberg in 2004. They have two children: a son born in 2005 and a daughter born in 2007. A 2011 New Yorker profile described Goldberg as “her longtime best friend.” He was CEO of the company SurveyMonkey until his sudden death on 2 May 2015; he was killed in an exercise accident after apparently slipping on a treadmill at a resort in Mexico… Forbes magazine named Sheryl Sandberg #5 on its list of “Power Women” in 2011; the next year the magazine estimated her worth at $500 million.

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