For many years, Sheryl Sandberg has built a powerful reputation as a successful technology leader, activist, best-selling author, billionaire and one of the most powerful women in the world. She is also known as a powerful inspiration to women, thanks to her openness and her career guide Lean In, which encourages women to work hard and reach for their dreams. This incredibly career-oriented woman has achieved so much and remains resilient even after losing her beloved husband through the cold hands of death. Read about her background and how she copes with her children and her career despite the tragic life that has been done to her.
Who exactly is Sheryl Sandberg and how old is she?
Sheryl Sandberg was born in 1969 in Washington D.C. She is the oldest child of her parents’ three children (Adele and Joel Sandberg). She spent her first days in Washington but later moved with her family to Florida where she received most of her education.
The daughter of a college French language teacher and an eye doctor, Sheryl grew up with a career in mind. She began early to develop her profile in the various prestigious schools she attended. She began at North Miami Beach High School and held several important positions, including the president of the second grade, senior high school board member, aerobics teacher, and member of the school’s National Honor Society.
She continued her education at Harvard College, where she co-founded an organization called Women in Economics and Government. With the proper guidance from her thesis advisor Larry Summers, Sheryl Sandberg was able to become Larry’s assistant at the World Bank for almost a year. During her time with the organization, Sandberg was a prominent part of a workshop focusing on health projects (with a special interest in leprosy, AIDS and blindness) in India. She later graduated as a top student of economics and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics before receiving an MBA with the highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
Sheryl began working as a management consultant for Mckinsey & Company after finishing school. With her impressive business experience from the organization, she snatched the position of Chief of Staff from Lawrence Summers, the U.S. Treasury Secretary during Bill Clinton’s regime from 1996 to 2001, and later joined Google to oversee the online sales of Google’s advertising products. Her expertise was also evident in consumer products and book searches for the multinational technology company. Sheryl Sandberg’s seven-year presence at Google, during which time she helped launch Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org, gave her the experience she needed to excel in other organizations, and apparently Facebook was the best next level at which to demonstrate her expertise.
After an unofficial meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a Christmas party, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer(COO) of the online social media company. This was a position never held before, but her skill drove Mark to create it. As expected, she brought in income-generating ideas that increased the company’s profits. In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg became the first woman to be elected to the board of the major social networking platform after being voted in by existing board members.
Today, she has gone beyond Facebook to fill top positions in other highly profitable companies, including the board of directors of Starbucks and The Disney Company. Sheryl also sits at the helm of several non-profit organizations, particularly those that work for women, such as Women for Women International, Centre for Global Development, V-Day and others.
She has also written some great and empowering books that guide women to greatness. One example is Lean In Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (the former aims to empower women to find a balance between work and family, while the latter reveals their emotional struggle after the death of their husband. Her organization Leanin.org is dedicated to serving as a mentor and inspiration to women to achieve high goals.
Friend or husband and children
iThe outspoken feminist and staunch supporter of women in the working world has been married more than once. She was married to Brian Kraff in 1993 but was divorced from him a year later. She took a breather from dating and concentrated for years on building her career, but fell in love again in the 2000s. In 2004, she walked down the aisle with Dave Goldberg, a former manager at Yahoo and CEO of SurveyMonkey, a cloud-based survey website.
Goldberg was as passionate and committed to his career as Sheryl. His professionalism and skills led him to work first for Benchmark Capital and then for Yahoo, where he met Sheryl before becoming CEO of SurveyMonkey. As CEO of the Survey site, he transformed the company from a small business with a team of 14 people into a $2 billion tech powerhouse with 500 employees. Most importantly, the site gathered over 25 million customers. He was a dedicated husband and father.
The billionaire once showed that David was her strongest support system and helped her career take off. His relationship with Sheryl Sandberg was the epitome of love and lasted until 2015 when Dave died unexpectedly. After his death, it was first reported that the businessman died of a head injury after falling off a treadmill while on vacation with his wife in Mexico. However, Sheryl believes his death was the result of an arrhythmia, not the treadmill fall. She had a son and a daughter with her late husband.
Sheryl Sandberg’s net worth
Sheryl Sandberg is one of the 138 verified female billionaires in the world. Her net worth is estimated to be over $1 billion, but that literally depends on how Facebook’s stock performs on any given day. What’s more, her annual salary as a Starbucks board member, estimated at $280,000, is a significant addition to her monthly income. By 2017, she was seventh on the Forbes Power Women list and 14th on the magazine’s Self-Made Women list.