Billionaire Sheryl Sandberg Expands Basis Forward of Meta Departure


(Bloomberg) -- Sheryl Sandberg, who oversaw Fb’s promoting dominance earlier than resigning following years of crises and regulatory assaults over misinformation, is constructing out her basis as she prepares to start a brand new chapter as a billionaire philanthropist.

The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Household Basis has not too long ago appeared to fill no less than 13 positions, in keeping with on-line job postings, together with a chief of employees that may handle the private giving priorities of Sandberg, who has a internet price of $2.2 billion. It already employed greater than a dozen staff since early 2021 after its belongings greater than doubled within the earlier 12 months, in keeping with information compiled by Bloomberg and probably the most not too long ago obtainable tax types.

When Sandberg, 52, introduced her plans to step down as Meta Platforms Inc.’s COO later this 12 months after greater than a decade on the firm, she informed Bloomberg she deliberate to spend extra time on her basis, which largely focuses on ladies’s points, although in recent times has spent extra on working bills than it made in grants. A consultant for Sandberg’s basis stated none of its latest hires or new openings have been because of her leaving Meta.

In rising her philanthropy, she’s joins a roster of billionaire ladies who've grow to be family names for his or her giving in recent times. The 2 most outstanding amongst them: MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates.

Scott, 52, has given away billions of {dollars} at an unprecedented tempo to a variety of points since her divorce from Inc. founder Jeff Bezos in 2019. French Gates, who divorced Microsoft Corp.’s Invoice Gates in 2021, has performed a significant function within the ex-couple’s Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, although her function there may be now up within the air due to the cut up. Her consideration might flip to her different philanthropic endeavor, Pivotal Ventures, which focuses on gender equality and household points. 

Sandberg, who joined Fb in 2008 and was the highest-profile face of the corporate subsequent to Chief Govt Officer Mark Zuckerberg, has a private fortune of greater than $2 billion, in keeping with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Scott and French Gates are price $25.5 billion and $10.4 billion, respectively.

Sandberg arrange the inspiration bearing her and her late husband’s title two years forward of his sudden loss of life in 2015 and he or she has contributed greater than $50 million since then from a donor-advised fund with Constancy Charitable, in keeping with public filings. Extra nominal quantities embrace $20,000 from protection contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. in 2020.

Chaired by Sandberg, the inspiration, which has no less than 30 staff, runs initiatives to champion inclusion for girls within the office and for these dealing with adversity reminiscent of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. It additionally has an academic scholarship program named after Goldberg. The posting for a chief of employees was marketed as not too long ago as Friday, however it’s since been taken down.

It spent greater than $12 million in 2020 on working bills, together with greater than $6 million on compensation, a lot of which went to consulting and communications companies. Throughout the identical 12 months, it made $1.7 million in grants. 

In 2019, the inspiration made $632,119 in grants, all to universities for scholarship applications, and paid greater than $5 million in compensation to officers, administrators, trustees and different staff, in keeping with its tax kind for that 12 months.

“As we add new initiatives, we increase the workforce to verify we’re capable of absolutely help our rising group and companion organizations,” Rachel Thomas, chief govt officer and co-founder of, stated in a press release. Thomas was paid greater than $500,000 in 2020. 

“As I look to the longer term, with extra of Sheryl’s insights and power, I believe we’ll be capable of make a much bigger influence and put out much more good work,” she stated.

Whereas she was Meta’s COO, Sandberg grew to become an influential writer, publishing “Lean In” in 2013. Alongside Zuckerberg, she championed Fb’s enterprise tradition of rising shortly and fixing issues later, resulting in a number of public scandals over lapses in privateness and content material moderation. Sandberg spent years attempting to enhance Fb’s relationship with the general public and regulators.

An inner investigation into Sandberg’s reported “use of company assets” for private bills together with for her basis is now threatening to hasten her exit. She has denied the claims.

--With help from Kurt Wagner, Max Chafkin, Anders Melin and Neil Callanan.

To contact the authors of this story:

Benjamin Stupples in London at [email protected]

Sophie Alexander in New York at [email protected]

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