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COO Sandberg a billionaire as Facebook shares hit new high

/ 08:44 AM January 22, 2014

Facebook shares climbed to a new high on Tuesday, catapulting chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg onto the roster of tech billionaires. AP FILE PHOTO

SAN FRANCISCO—Facebook shares climbed to a new high on Tuesday, catapulting chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg onto the roster of tech billionaires.

Shares of the world’s leading social network closed the Nasdaq trading day at $58.51, shedding a few cents in after-hours trade.

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Sandberg owns about $750 million worth of Facebook stock and is said to have sold about $300 million worth of shares since the California-based company became a publicly traded company in May of 2012.

The 44-year-old former Google executive is also reported to have stock options for nearly five million shares that began vesting last year.

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The social media giant started by Mark Zuckerberg, which now has more than 1.1 billion users around the globe, had a rocky debut after it went public at $38 a share with a valuation of $16 billion.

Facebook shares dropped below $20 during the ensuing months and only climbed back over their offer price in July of last year.

Zuckerberg, who will turn 30 in May, has a personal fortune estimated at about $19 billion.

Facebook will release its quarterly earnings figures next week.

TOPICS: Facebook, Internet, IT, Sheryl Sandberg, US
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