Malini Saba was born in Malaysia and grew up in Australia. She moved to the United States when she only 19, with only $200 in her pocket. Her former husband and she rented an apartment right outside the Stanford University Campus, where they both pursued their education. For the next four years, times were really tough for the couple. But during that time she was able to lay the right foundation that would later lead her to bigger and better achievements.
During that same time, she found an interest in investment and business. With her new passion, she would crash gatherings where she knew investment bankers would be. This is where she was able to get advice about investments. She took this advice and her small amount of savings and slowing started to invest it in sectors like real estate, commodities, and telecommunications.
Her investment career began as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. That was just her starting point, she has since gained experience in investments across numerous sectors. Some of the companies that Malini has invested in includes Sycamore Networks, Inc., PayPal, an even Netscreen Technologies.
With her success in the business world, she has shared that will many philanthropy projects. This sharing spirit has helped Malini Saba make quite a name for herself in the world as being one of the top investors and philanthropists. She founded Saban, which is a company that has vast investment interest worldwide. Some which include technology companies, oil and gas, and real estate all over the world. For her philanthropist work, she started “Stree: Global Investments in Women” in 2001. This is a non-profit organization that is focused on changing the way that low-income, at risk women and children see themselves in society. This organization was introduced by US President Clinton and Jordan’s Queen Noor. Stree helps provide women with access to healthcare and legal empowerment. It also provides a forum for grassroots movements that connect public policy in Africa, Central America, India and Eastern Europe.
In 2004, she went and toured the areas that the Tsunami had damaged in India and Sri Lanka. She then offered $10 million to the victims of the island nation to help them rebuild the homes that had been destroyed. Then in 2005, she donated $1 million to help kick start the world’s first Heart Research Center for South Asians at El Camino Hospital in California.