Sheryl Sandberg Reportedly Dating Video Game Billionaire Bobby Kotick
By Antoinette Bueno
It appears Sheryl Sandberg is back on the dating scene.
The Facebook chief operating officer is dating Activision Blizzard video games billionaire Bobby Kotick, according to Page Six, her first reported boyfriend since the tragic death of her husband last May. Sandberg, 46, and Kotick, 53, have reportedly been friends for years, before their friendship recently turned romantic.
Sandberg and Kotick were spotted together at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, although they didn't pose together. Check out Sandberg with producer Brian Grazer, as Kotick looks over Grazer's shoulder.
Kotick currently serves as president and CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game publishing company that owns hugely successful titles such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush, War of Warcraft, and Guitar Hero.
Sandberg's late husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly last May while the couple was vacationing in Mexico. Goldberg suffered a head trauma after falling from a treadmill, and was just 47 years old. The two had been married for 11 years, and had two children together.
"I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice," she wrote. "You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. These past thirty days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void. And I know that many future moments will be consumed by the vast emptiness as well."
"But when I can, I want to choose life and meaning," she added.
"When I first lost Dave, I felt overwhelmed with just getting through each day," Sandberg wrote. "My friend [Adam Grant] suggested that every night before bed, I write down three things I did well that day. I tried to do this, although some days I had such a hard time thinking of anything I did well, that I’d end up listing 'Made a cup of tea.' But over time, focusing on things I’d done well helped me rebuild my confidence. Even if it was small, I could record something positive each day."
Sandberg said her New Year's resolution for 2016 was to continue this habit of recording three joyful, positive moments every single day.
"I want to choose life and meaning over death and tragedy," she wrote. "So I will try to focus on finding joy in the mundane and the profound -- joy in the small things that make my children smile, joy in the moments of friendship that might otherwise pass by unnoticed, joy in the ability to appreciate the gift of life in a way I never did before."