Malini Saba is known for being one of the world’s most successful investors and one of its most generous philanthropists. In a recent article appearing on the Huffington Post, Saba was profiled for her success in the business world, but also her work with charitable organizations all over the world. The article focused primarily on her work as Chairman of Saban, a major international conglomerate which has holdings in several countries including the United States, China, Autralia, and India.
Born in South Asia, she is passionate about the work both in the boardroom and in the charity world. She founded Stree: Global Investments in Women in 2001. The foundation focuses its energies on the advancement of women around the world, specifically low-income and at risk women with children. The foundation which has been recognized by former president Bill Clinton and Jordan’s Queen Noor for its work in providing access to legal aid, healthcare and a forum for the exchange of ideas, Stree is the embodiment of everything that Saba holds dear to her heart.
In 2004 she toured the tsunami-ravaged island of Sri Lanka and pledged ten million to help the nation recover. As if this wasn’t enough to help the people of the world this tireless advocate of the advancement of mankind has also been instrumental in the development of healthcare research for South Asians by donating one million dollars to El Camino Hospital in California in 2005. This program is the first of its kind to exist and would not be so if it were not for the gracious gift from Saba.
Of course, she is more than just a kind soul to charities. She is also a tireless and hungry executive who has a keen sense of pure business acumen which has led her to the kind of success even her male counterparts often only get to dream of. She was raised in Australia and moved to the US when she was just 19 years old to pursue her education, renting a small apartment outside of the Stanford University campus. When she arrived in the states she had only 200 dollars to survive on, today she is one of the wealthiest women in the world.
She was one of the first investors in PayPal, Sycamore Networks, and Netscreen Technologies (now owned by Juniper Networks. Every project that she gets involved in turns golden under her ministrations Saban is no exception now holding investments in industries including oil, natural gas, technology, real estate and more making it one of the most diverse, profitable and economy resilient conglomerates around today.
Saba is a true leader both in the world of business and in philanthropy. She is that rare breed of ultra-successful person who not only knows that it’s important to give back, but actually gets it in their heart as to why. She is an example for the rest of the top echelon to follow.