|Sheryl Sandberg Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||August 28, 1969|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Sheryl Sandberg is an American business executive and philanthropist who is best known for having served as the chief operating officer of Meta Platforms and for being the founder of LeanIn.Org. In June 2012, she became the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board after she was elected to the company’s board of directors. She also worked as the vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and as the chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers in the past. Sheryl has published numerous books such as Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy.
Sheryl Kara Sandberg
Washington, D.C., United States
Menlo Park, California, United States
Sheryl Sandberg went to the North Miami Beach High School and graduated with a 4.646-grade point average and was overall ninth in her class.
She later got enrolled at the esteemed Harvard College in 1987. She graduated summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She was also awarded John H. Williams Prize, which is reserved for the top graduating students in economics.
In 1993, she got admission at the Harvard Business School and graduated in 1995 with an MBA with the highest distinction.
Technology executive, activist, and author
- Father – Joel Sandberg (Ophthalmologist)
- Mother – Adele Sandberg (French language teacher in college)
- Siblings – David Sandberg (Younger Brother), Michelle Sandberg (Younger Sister)
- Others – Emanuel Sandberg (Paternal Grandfather), Sadie Kreiner (Paternal Grandmother), Benjamin Abraham Einhorn (Maternal Grandfather), Rosalind Nuss (Paternal Grandmother)
Sheryl Sandberg’s personal team handles her representation and management work.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
64 kg or 141 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Sheryl Sandberg has dated
- Brian Kraff (1993-1994) – After a brief courtship, Sandberg decided to get married to Brian Kraff in 1993. However, their marriage didn’t last long. In fact, it barely managed to last for a year.
- Dave Goldberg (2004-2015) – In 2004, Sheryl got married to the businessman and management consultant Dave Goldberg, who was working as an executive with Yahoo! at the time of their marriage. Over the course of their marriage, they became parents of a boy and a girl. They have been a vocal supporter of the shared earning marriage model. In May 2015, in a surprising and shocking announcement, it was revealed that Goldberg had passed away. He had endured head trauma after falling from a treadmill during their holidays in Mexico. However, she later revealed that the cause of her husband’s death was arrhythmia, not any head trauma.
- Tom Bernthal (2019-Present) – She started dating American businessman Tom Bernthal in 2019. In August 2022, Sheryl married Tom Bernthal who has formerly served as the NBC News producer. The marriage happened in an intimate ceremony in Wyoming.
Race / Ethnicity
She has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
- Prominent nose
- Shoulder length cropped hair
Best Known For
Having served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the social media giant, Facebook (later got known as Meta). In her position, she was responsible for business development, sales, marketing, public policy, communications, and human resources.
First TV Show
In November 2011, Sheryl Sandberg made her first TV show appearance on the news talk show, Charlie Rose.
Sheryl is very particular about her workout routine. As her busy schedule makes it tough for her to hit the gym, she has built a gym in her home. She works out daily at 6 in the morning in the home gym. By 8, she is in her office at the Facebook headquarters.
Sheryl Sandberg Favorite Things
- Books – A Short Guide to a Happy Life (By Anna Quindlen), Bossypants (By Tina Fey), Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values (By Fred Kofman), Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood (By Michael Lewis), Now, Discover Your Strengths (By Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton), Queen of Fashion (By Caroline Weber), and The Lean Startup (By Eric Reis)
Source – INC
Sheryl Sandberg Facts
- When she was in her sophomore year in high school, she was the class president and a member of the senior class executive board. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
- While studying in high school, she also used to serve as an aerobics instructor.
- Sheryl was hired by Larry Summers as his research assistant at the World Bank, where he worked as the Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist.
- She worked for a year with World Bank on health projects in India. The projects were focused on blindness, AIDS, and leprosy.
- After graduating from Harvard Business School, she was employed in the position of management consultant for McKinsey & Company. She worked in that position for a year.
- In 1996, Sheryl was again hired by Larry Summers, who had been appointed as the United States Secretary of the Treasury by US President Bill Clinton. She worked in her position until November 2000 as she left her job after Republicans tightened their grip on US Presidency.
- In November 2001, she was hired by Google Inc. as the company’s Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations. She focused on sales of Google’s publishing and advertising products.
- In December 2007, she met Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Christmas party thrown by the high profile business executive, Dan Rosensweig. Although he wasn’t formally searching for COO, Zuckerberg felt Sandberg was perfect for the role.
- In March 2008, she formally left her position with Google. In the same month, Facebook officially announced her appointment as COO of the company.
- In 2012, Sheryl was elected as the 8th member of the board of directors of Facebook. He became the first woman to be appointed to the position in the history of the company.
- Although she has sold over half of her shares in Facebook after the company went public, she still has around 17.2 million shares, which are worth more than $1 billion.
- In 2009, she was appointed to the board of The Walt Disney Company. She is also a member of the boards of V-Day, the Center for Global Development, and Women for Women International.
- In May 2011, Sheryl was invited to deliver the commencement speech at the Barnard College graduation ceremony. In June 2018, she was invited for the same by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
- In March 2013, she published her book, Lean In Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. By the fall of 2013, the book had sold more than a million copies and was reigning at the top of the bestseller lists.
- She has established “Lean in Foundation” for her charitable and social activism work. She later renamed it as “Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation” in November 2016.
- She has donated roughly $100,000,000 in Facebook stock to support her foundation and to fund her various charitable endeavors.
- In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections, she was a firm supporter of the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
- Sandberg has been included in the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine on multiple occasions. Her first appearance in the list was in 2007 and she was the youngest woman on that year’s list.
- In 2014, she was placed on the 9th spot in the list featuring the world’s 100 most powerful women. The Forbes had placed her just behind Michelle Obama.
- She is credited with making Facebook profitable. She initially used discreetly placed ads to bring revenue to the emerging social media platform.
- In June 2022, she announced that she was stepping down from her position as COO of Meta after 14 years. She left the position to focus on her charity and other philanthropic activities. After her announcement, Meta Platforms, Inc (formerly known as Facebook, Inc) shares fell by nearly 3%. After her departure, then-Chief Growth Officer of Meta, Javier Olivan took the role of COO.
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