Malini Saba’s Rise from a Simple Migrant to a Successful Investor and Philanthropist
Malini Saba has made a name for herself as one of the world’s top philanthropists and investors. The businesswoman of South Asian origin founded Saban, an investment company that has vast and varied investment interests globally. Saban has investment in companies in several industries including technology (in the U.S.), gas and oil (in China), as well as real estate in India and Australia.
Malini is a passionate philanthropist who has dedicated her life to helping the needy in societies around the world. In 2001, she founded Stree: Global Investments in Women. Stree is a non-profit organization aimed at changing how low income women and children view themselves as well as their roles in the society.
Stree was inaugurated by former president Bill Clinton and Queen Noor of Jordan. It provides women with a means to access quality healthcare and legal empowerment. It also provides a forum for movements operating at grassroots levels to connect with various public policies in Central America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and India.
In 2005, Malini Saba donated $1 million to the Heart Research Center located at El Camino Hospital that primarily served South Asians in Mountain View, CA. One year earlier, Malini toured and pledged about $10 million to tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka and India. Malini’s career in investments started at Silicon Valley during the 1990s. As a venture capitalist, she invested in over 20 technological companies including PayPal Inc., Netscreen Technologies, Inc., and Sycamore Networks, Inc.
Malini Saba’s Background
Malini Saba is a passionate philanthropist and a self-made success who has dedicated her life to helping women and children around the world. Malini is of Sri Lankan descent and was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, she grew up in Australia before moving to the U.S. at 19. With just $200 to her name, she rented an apartment outside Stanford University Campus together with her husband.
Malini had the privileged of attending free lectures at Stanford University because she was married to a student. She took business classes with a keen interest in investment. She attended (without invites) gatherings of investment bankers and mingled with them. This gave her access to privileged information that allowed her to start investing in sectors such as real estate, commodities and telecommunications.
Today, she is a prominent investor and philanthropist who shares her wealth with needy women and children in society. Before globalization became a trend, Malini had begun investing in South American and Asian commodity markets. Today, her biggest returns are in the gas and oil sector.