Malini Saba is regarded as one of the top women investors and philanthropists around the globe. As Chairman of the Board and founder of Saban, an organization that retains interest in various worldwide organizations like technology companies in America, natural gas and oil in China and real estate property in Australia. Malin’s started her career in investing in the 1990s as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. She acquired extensive expertise in the technology sector, telecommunications and commodities and slowly started investing by providing the startup funds for what later became internationally renowned companies such as PayPal, Sycamore Networks and Netscreen Technologies.
As a fervent philanthropist, Malini started a Switzerland-based non-profit organization in 2001 called “Stree: Global Investments in Women,” focused on empowering impoverished and at risk women and children globally by helping them identify and fulfill their roles within society. The organization ensures women and children gain access to adequate healthcare and legal representation. It also serves as a bridge that connects grassroot movements with public policy forums in Central America, Africa, India and Eastern Europe. In 2004, Malini pledged $10 million to assist the victims of the Tsunami that decapitated large sections of India and Salonika after she toured the island and saw the ravaged land firsthand. In June 2005 Malini kick-started the first Heart Research Center in the world that is providing healthcare for South Asians by donating $1 million to El Camino Hospital in Mountain View California.
Having been born to a middle-class family of Sri Lankan dissent in Malaysia, Malini was raised in Australia. With just hundred dollars in her pocket, Malini took the bold step of relocating to see the United States when she was only 19 years old. For years, her and her husband at the time struggled to survive while both pursuing their education at Stanford University. While the times were tough for them as a couple, the experience also molded and shaped Malinis’ passion and vision for endeavors she had yet to achieve.
During the mid 2000’s, Malini was conducting business on a global level long before globalization was a recognized concept. She invested in global commodity firms, focusing on those in South America and Asia. The oil and gas sector has been the most favorable, as it has derived the largest returns for her to date. Having acquired such an extensive background in investing and philanthropy since her migration to the United States as a young adult, my only me has established a new standard by which other women and men alike find impressive. The overcoming of Malini Saba‘s struggles only fueled her passion and dedication to helping others and making substantially profitable investments.