Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

David Goldberg, 1967-2015

David Goldberg, chief executive officer of SurveyMonkey.com and husband of Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., has died. He was 47. Goldberg sold his first startup, Launch Media, to Yahoo Inc. and joined SurveyMonkey in 2009. Sandberg, author of the best-selling book “Lean In,” frequently wrote and talked about how Goldberg was a crucial partner in her career, supporting her in small ways -- like doing the laundry -- and large, such as persuading her to join Facebook even though they had a 6-month-old daughter at the time.

  1. David “Dave” Goldberg, chief executive officer of SurveyMonkey.com, center, attends the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 8, 2011.
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    David “Dave” Goldberg, chief executive officer of SurveyMonkey.com, center, attends the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 8, 2011.

    Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg
  2. Goldberg speaks during the Digital Life Design conference (DLD) at HVB Forum on January 23, 2012, in Munich.
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    Goldberg speaks during the Digital Life Design conference (DLD) at HVB Forum on January 23, 2012, in Munich.

    Photographer: Johannes Simon/Getty Images
  3. Goldberg walks with his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., after a session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 12, 2013.
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    Goldberg walks with his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., after a session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 12, 2013.

    Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg
  4. Goldberg smiles during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco on May 27, 2014.
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    Goldberg smiles during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco on May 27, 2014.

    Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
  5. Goldberg and his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, at the Allen and Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 9, 2014.
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    Goldberg and his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, at the Allen and Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 9, 2014.

    Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg
  6. Goldberg speaks during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco on July 29, 2014.
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    Goldberg speaks during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco on July 29, 2014.

    Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
  7. Goldberg speaks on the center stage during day two of the 2014 Web Summit at the RDS on November 5, 2014, in Dublin.
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    Goldberg speaks on the center stage during day two of the 2014 Web Summit at the RDS on November 5, 2014, in Dublin.

    Photographer: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE via Getty Images