In a world dominated by men, Malini Saba has created a name for herself by joining the list of the world’s top investors, who are of South-Asian origin. Through Saban, where she is the chairperson and founder, Saba has made various investments all over the world. The investments are varied in different fields such as technology, oil, gas and real estate in the US, China, Australia as well as India.
Besides being a serial investor, Malini Saba is an impassioned philanthropist. Part of her fortune is dedicated to supporting various causes for the betterment of humanity. Malini believes in the restoration of human dignity and gives cheerfully towards promoting her belief. As a result, she championed the formation of a non-profit organization known as “Stree: Global Investments in Women,” that aims at creating a paradigm shift in the way low income and at-risk women and children all over the world perceive themselves and their roles in society.
Former US President Bill Clinton inaugurated the “Stree” initiative, which earned her global recognition in 2001. The organization enables women to access healthcare and legal empowerment. Besides, it creates a forum that connects grassroots movements to public policy in India, Africa, Central America, and Eastern Europe.
In June 2005, South Asians tremendously benefitted from Malini’s $1 million donations to El Camino Hospital, to go towards starting the first Heart Research Center for South Asians. Earlier in 2004, she pledged $10 million to the victims of the Tsunami after touring the ravaged areas in India and Sri Lanka.
Malini Saba was born to a Sri Lankan middle-class family in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She grew up in Australia and moved to the U.S. at the age of 19. Malini got to the U.S. with a paltry $200 to survive. Malini had attended The University of Western Australia, where she studied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
While in the U.S., Malini attended Stanford University lectures for free, as the spouse of a Stanford University student. She had a particular interest in business and investment, and always found her way into gatherings that were hosting investment bankers. She talked to various individuals, got advice and built a network. With her savings, Malini slowly started investing in telecommunications, commodities, and real estate.
Malini has a zeal for life and everything she does. This character is evident in not only her business investments but her charity work as well. She cites Steve Jobs as one of her great inspirations.