Sheryl Sandberg
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In a time of great uncertainty, suffering and social unrest, Sandberg has been the unofficial face and voice of Facebook’s activism. As Black Lives Matter protests were being held around the country in June 2020, she announced the social media behemoth would commit $200 million to Black-owned businesses and orgs, including $25 million for Black creators, $75 million in cash and ad credits to Black-owned businesses and non-profits that service the community, and $100 million to be spent on Black-owned vendors (e.g., marketing agencies, construction companies). She also made numerous appearances touting the platform’s general support for small businesses, including a $100 million global grant program that was launched in the wake of the pandemic. But cleaning up Facebook remains her top priority given the platform’s struggles to control misinformation, a criticism that only grew during the U.S. election cycle.


  • Google
  • Facebook
  • McKinsey & Company


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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