|Sheryl Kara Sandberg
|The Sheryl Kara Sandberg first lady of Facebook
|Business Executive, Chief Operating Officer at Meta (Facebook) (2008-2022)
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 4 ”
|Date of Birth
|August 28, 1969 (Thursday)
|Age (as of 2023)
| 54 Years
|North Miami Beach, Florida
|• Highland Oaks Middle School, Ojus, North Miami-Dade, Florida
• North Miami Beach High School, North Miami Beach, Florida
Note: She entered North Miami Beach High School when she was in 10th grade.
|• Harvard University, Cambridge
• Harvard Business School, Boston
|• Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Harvard University, Cambridge (1987-1991)
• Master of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Boston (1993-1995)
|During the 2016 presidential elections, Sheryl Sandberg lent her support to the Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. During the 2020 elections, although Sheryl hinted that was likely to support a Democratic candidate, she declined to endorse Elizabeth Warren.
|Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Elections
In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg came under public scrutiny after being accused of first ignoring and then trying to conceal Russia’s use of Facebook to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election. Previously, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate the Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election. The The Mueller report suggested that the first method of Russian interference was done through the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which waged anti-Clinton and pro-Trump advertisements on Facebook and other social media platforms. The report read,
In total the IRA-controlled [Facebook] accounts made over 80,000 posts before their deactivation in August 2017, and these posts reached at least 29 million U.S persons and 'may have reached an estimated 126 million people'.”
In November 2018, The New York Times in its article accused Zuckerberg and Sandberg of deflecting the criticism onto their competitors like Twitter and YouTube. Furious on the allegations leveled against her, Sheryl took Facebook and wrote, which read,
"Mark and I have said many times we were too slow. But to suggest that we weren’t interested in knowing the truth, or we wanted to hide what we knew, or that we tried to prevent investigations, is simply untrue…As Mark and I both told Congress, leading up to Election Day in November 2016, we detected and dealt with several threats with ties to Russia and reported what we found to law enforcement.”
Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
In March 2018, Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie disclosed that personal data belonging to millions of Facebook users was collected without their consent by Cambridge Analytica in 2015 for political advertising. Cambridge Analytica is a political consultancy that worked on the 2016 presidential campaigns of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. The data helped the consultancy to target users that were more prone to impulsive anger or conspiratorial thinking than average citizens to manipulate US elections. Consequently, Facebook received criticism for serving as a medium of data harvesting for malicious intents of firms like Cambridge Analytica. Later, Mark Zuckerberg paid a £500,000 fine to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office for exposing the data of its users. Amid the controversy, The Wall Street Journal reported that Zuckerberg had blamed Sandberg and her team for the public fallout over Cambridge Analytica during a meeting. Although Zuckerberg and Sandberg were in line to give hours of depositions in response to a lawsuit filed against them over the privacy scandal, the company reached a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in 2022.
United States Capitol attack of 2021
On January 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of Republican President Donald Trump stormed of the United States Capitol to disrupt the joint session of Congress from counting the electoral college votes which would have formalized the victory of Joe Biden. Thereafter, Facebook was accused of playing a role in the fomenting of the Capitol attack by serving as a platform for the organization of the mob and fueling its attendance. Many media houses highlighted the fact that advertisements and hashtags promoting the pro-Trump rally circulated on Facebook and Instagram days beforehand and yet the network failed to put them down. Although, Sandberg amitted the company’s ability to enforce its own rules was “never perfect,” she added,
"I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don’t have our abilities to stop hate, don’t have our standards and don’t have our transparency.”
Thereafter, she was accused of downplaying Facebook’s role in the attack and deflecting the blame onto its competitors.
Pressuring the Daily Mail to Drop Stories About her boyfriend CEO Bobby Kotick
A report published by The Wall Street Journal on April 21, 2022, claimed that Sandberg tried to persuade the Daily Mail to drop controversial stories about Bobby Kotick in 2016 and 2019, who was Sandberg's boyfriend back then. Apparently, the Daily Mail was about revealed the existence of a temporary restraining order against Kotick that had been obtained by his former girlfriend in 2014. Kotick had reportedly told associates that Sandberg threatened the Daily Mail by warning them that if any article was published against Kotick it will destroy Daily Mail's relationship with Facebook. The article also stated that Sandberg was under review at Meta for allegedly violating the company’s rules by pulling resources from Meta to quash stories about her boyfriend.
Using Corporate Resources For Her Personal Project
In June 2022, The Wall Street Journal alleged Sheryl Sandberg was under investigation at Meta for using compnay resources for her personal projects including writing her second book around 2016-17 and her wedding to Tom Bernthal in 2022.
|Relationships & More
|• Dave Goldberg (2002-2004)
• Bobby Kotick (CEO of Activision Blizzard) (2016-2019)
• Tom Bernthal (2019-2022)
|• Brian Kraff (businessman) (1993-1994)
• Dave Goldberg (deceased; founder of LAUNCH Media and the CEO of SurveyMonkey) (2004-2015)
• Tom Bernthal (co-founder and CEO of Kelton Global and former NBC News producer) (2022-Present)
Note: On May 1, 2015, Dave Goldberg died due to an arrhythmia caused by undiagnosed coronary artery disease while he was on a vacation with Sheryl Sandberg in Punta Mita, Mexico.
|Sheryl has five children. She has a son (born in 2005) and a daughter (born in 2007) from her marriage to Dave Goldberg. In 2022, Sheryl got married to Tom Bernthal who has three children from his ex-wife Leah Bernthal.
|Father- Joel Sandberg (ophthalmologist)
Mother- Adele Sandberg (teacher)
Note: Earlier, Adele Sandberg worked as a French teacher, but she left her job to raise her family. Later, she started teaching English as a second language an EF International Language School in Miami Beach.
|Brother- David Sandberg (pediatric neurosurgeon)
Sister- Michelle Sandberg (pediatrician)
Note: Sheryl Sandberg is eldest of three siblings.
|Net Worth (approx.)
|$1.5 billion (as per Forbes her real-time net worth in 2022)