Sheryl Sandberg Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Career Highlights, Boards, Facebook, Authorship, Activism, Personal Life and Honors

Published Date   04th Aug. 2017, 22:08 pm
Sheryl Sandberg Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Career Highlights, Boards, Facebook, Authorship, Activism, Personal Life and Honors
Quick Info
Birth Name: Sheryl Sandberg
Date of Birth: 28/08/1969
Age: 51 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $1.7 billion

Technology executive, activist and author Sheryl Sandberg net worth accelerated as she became Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of


The founder of (Lean In Foundation), Sheryl Sandberg served as COO of Facebook as the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Prior to holding the position, Sandberg was Vice president of global online sale and operations at Google. Sheryl Sandberg net worth began to rise as she got involved in launching Google’s philanthropic sector She has also served as chief of staff for US Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers.

Early Life and Education

Sheryl Sandberg was born Sheryl Kara Sandberg on August 28 1969 in Washington DC. She was born in a Jewish family to parents Adele, ESL teacher, and Joel Sandberg, an ophthalmologist. Sandberg grew up with her two younger siblings.

Her mother, Adele is the founder of a nonprofit organization, Ear Peace-Save your Hearing, that teaches teens to prevent hearing loss. Adele dropped out of PhD when she was pregnant with Sheryl and concentrated on her children. Adele and Joel were detained, interrogated and expelled from the USSR in 1975.

The Sandberg family moved to North Miami, Florida when Sheryl was 2 years old. There, Sheryl attended Miami Beach High School where she was a bright student who graduated with 4.646 GPA in her ninth class. As a sophomore student, Sheryl was a class president and member of National Honor Society. Moreover, she was senior class executive board who also taught aerobics in her high school.

The brilliant student did not struggle much to enroll in Harvard College in 1987 from where she graduated in 1991 as summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa. She earned Bachelor’s degree in economics and John H. Williams Prize for topping the class. Towards the end of her days in Harvard, she co-founded an organization Women in Economics and Government.

Then-professor Larry Summers was her mentor and thesis adviser who took her as his research assistant at the World Bank. Sheryl Sandberg net worth rose as she got to intern at prestigious World Bank where she worked for a year on health projects in India. The projects mainly dealt with leprosy, AIDS and blindness.

In 1993, Sandberg joined Harvard Business School from where she graduated in 1995 earning her MBA degree with highest distinction. Sheryl Sandberg net worth grew with her brilliance as she earned fellowship in her first year at the school.

Early Career Highlights

Following graduation from Harvard Business School, Sandberg worked as management consultant for McKinsey & Company for 1 year (1995-96). Then, she worked for Larry Summers from 1996 to 2001. Summers was then serving as the US Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. Sandberg’s major role included assisting in Treasury’s work on forgiving debt in developing world during Asian Financial Crisis.

She moved to Silicon Valley in 2001 joining Google Inc. where she served as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations until 2008. During this period, she was responsible for online sales of Google’s products and Google Book Search.

Served on Boards

Sandberg became the board of The Walt Disney Company in 2009. Similarly, she also serves on the boards of Women for Women International, V-Day and the Center for Global Development. She was previously a board member of Starbucks with $280000 per annum that increased Sheryl Sandberg net worth. Furthermore, she was the board member of Brooklings Institution and Ad Council.

Working at Facebook

Co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zucherberg met Sandberg at a Christmas party in 2007. Upon meeting Sandberg, Zucherberg realized she would be the perfect fit for Chief Operating Officer even though Facebook had no formal COO previously.

She joined Facebook in 2008 initiating with her attempts to make Facebook profitable. With highly satisfactory job, Sandberg became the 8th member of the Facebook’s board of directors in 2012. She was the first female to get in the position in the history of Facebook.

In 2014, Sheryl Sandberg net worth skyrocketed as she held around 41 million shared in the company. After selling half of the shares, she now has some 17.2 million shares worth about $1 billion.

Talk and Authorship

The inspirational personality has given a TED talk “Why we have too few women leaders” in 2010. Similarly, she has co-authored her first book Lean In: Women Work, and the Will to Lead with Nell Scovell. Knopf published the book in 2013. The enthusiast about women’s involvement in business leadership and development, Sheryl Sandberg net worth grew as the book sold one million copies despite receiving criticisms. The major criticism was to call the writers “tone deaf” who does not acknowledge the struggles average women face in workplace. However, the book had an aim to provide professional support to women in achieving their career goal.

Activism and Philanthropic Work

In 2014, Sandberg and Lean In sponsored “Ban Bossy” campaign through television and social media. The aim of the campaign was to ban the word “Bossy” from general use that has harmful effects on young girls. It featured Beyonce, Jennifer Garner and Condoleezza Rice as spokesperson who provided leadership tips and online pledge to not use the word.

Sandberg renamed Lean In Foundation to Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation in 2016. It serves as an umbrella for and Option B. Sheryl Sandberg net worth increased as she transferred some $100,000,000 to fund the foundation and other charities.

Personal Life

After divorcing her first husband in 2003, Sheryl Sandberg married Dave Goldberg in 2004. Dave was the executive of Yahoo! and the CEO of SurveyMonkey. Dave and Sheryl have a son and a daughter. In 2015, Dave Goldberg died unexpectedly. The reports claim that he died of head trauma after falling from treadmill. However, Sandberg says her husband died of arrhythmia.

Honors and Net Worth

The activism and excellence in business has elevated Sheryl Sandberg net worth high enough. Also, she has received many awards for this. Fortune magazine ranked her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. From 2007 to 2010, Sandberg was ranked among top 34 positions under the Youngest Woman in Business. She stayed in the list in 2014 and 2016 under top 10. The Wall Street Journal listed her in the 50 Women to Watch in 2007-08. Likewise, Business Week listed her in “25 Most Influential People on the Web” in 2009 and Forbes listed her as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women in 2014.

Time 100 listed her in 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In addition, her book Lean In was shortlisted for The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2013. The Jerusalem Post ranked her 8th on “The World’s 50 Most Influential Jews”. University of California Berkeley’s Class of 2016 and Virginia Tech’s Class of 2017 honored her giving chance to deliver speech in commencement address.

The active, enthusiastic and passionate executive and activist has earned this world with her work.  The renowned personality Sheryl Sandberg net worth rose to $1.7 billion in 2017; however, her activism is the one that steals people’s heart.

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