Is Sheryl leaning out of Facebook?

London - Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has sold more than half her shares in the company since it listed two years ago, fuelling speculation she could be preparing to leave.

The former Google executive is Facebook’s chief operating officer, and was brought into the social networking firm to help founder Mark Zuckerberg drive up revenues.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Credit: AP

Her increasingly public persona, increased by the release of her recent book Lean In, has raised questions over whether she is planning to quit to take either a larger corporate role, or a job in politics.

Now documents filed by the company show she has sold 26m of her 41m shares since Facebook floated in 2012.

Zuckerberg last year banked £1.9bn from selling shares, on top of the £1.4bn he collected in 2012, the files also show. - Daily Mail