Published On: Fri, Jan 23rd, 2015

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Has Bright Future in Politics, Source Says

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is such a powerful and effective people person that she should work a few more years for the company and then enter the world of politics, a well-connected source at the World Economic Forum told Business Insider.

The source is close to a very important, big-spending Facebook client, the report said.

People speculate about Sandberg’s possible future in politics all the time, according to the website.

Last year, a big Democratic fundraiser in Silicon Valley hoped Sandberg will run for Senate, and last week a high-profile venture capitalist and friend of Sandberg’s in Palo Alto said she would be perfect for secretary of state. The friend said the only thing holding Sandberg back from going after politics, electoral or otherwise, was her own sense of humility, Business Insider said.

If so, it’s ironic. One of the key lessons from Sandberg’s massively best-selling feminist manifesto, “Lean In, Women, Work and the Will to Lead, ” is that women are too humble about their own accomplishments. Too often they credit others for their success. They don’t brag enough. They don’t believe they are the exact right person to take on the big roles. The report said.

If Sandberg really wants a political job on the world stage, she’ll find a way to get over whatever might be holding her back. According to her book, she was hesitant to join both Google and then Facebook before taking the leap and guiding both to brilliant outcomes, Business Insider said.

With a reported net worth of $1.1 billion, Sandberg is one of the tech industry’s wealthiest women, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential women in business, Biznews.com said.

Sandberg, 45, started out smart, always top of the class at public schools, when “for a girl to be smart was not good for your social life”, as mother Adele said in an interview with The New Yorker. She considers herself her family’s “black sheep” for choosing business instead of following her father into medicine as her siblings have done, the report said.

She is Harvard graduate with a BA in economics, summa cum laude, and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. She worked as a management consultant at McKinsey, at the World Bank, and as Chief of Staff to Harvard mentor Prof Larry Summers as Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration, Biznews.com said.

She joined Google in 2001 as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations, helping to build it into “one of the most influential enterprises on the planet”, and established its philanthropic arm. At Facebook, she has turned the fledgling company a social media giant with a $160 billion market value, the report said.

Sandberg believes the world would be a better place if women ran half its companies and countries, and men half its homes, according to the report.

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