Sheryl Sandberg sells half of Facebook shares in two years
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg has sold more than half the shares she owned when the social network went public just two years ago.
Ms Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and its most high-profile executive after founder Mark Zuckerberg, has reduced her holding to 17.2m shares now worth just over $1bn (£600m), according to regulatory filings published by Facebook.
This compares with the 41.2m detailed when Facebook filed for its initial public offering in March 2012. Ms Sandberg, a former Google executive who also served in the Clinton administration, is often tipped for a return to politics, and it has been suggested that she is building up a campaign fund.
The vast majority of Ms Sandberg’s shares when Facebook went public were in the form of restricted stock units, meaning they were converted to basic shares at intervals after the IPO. A portion of her holding was sold to cover the taxes that were charged when these shares vested.
Ms Sandberg’s compensation, made up mainly of stock awards, fell from $26.2m to $16.1m last year.