Malini Saba ranks as one of the leading philanthropists and investors among people of the South Asian origin. Her business interests are vast. She is the chairperson of Saban Corporation. This corporation has invested in the U.S., China as well as India and Australia. In these countries, Saban Corporation has interests in technology corporations, oil and gas as well as real estate respectively.
As an impassioned philanthropist, she established Stree: Global Investments in Women. I believe that this non-profit organization was started with the aim of changing the way children and women around the world see their roles in the society. Jordan’s Queen Noor and former president of the US, Bill Clinton, inaugurated Stree. Through this organization, women have been able to access legal empowerment and healthcare. In addition, Stree has provided a platform for different grass root movements to identify with public policies in Eastern Europe, Africa, India and Central America.
In order to start the first Heart Research Center for South Asians, Saba contributed $1 million. She toured Sri Lanka and India to check on the victims of devastating Tsunami. She pledged $10 million to the victims. Her career investment dates back to her days as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. She was able to make successful investments in over 20 technology companies that included Sycamore Network, Netscreen Technologies and Paypal.
Saba is excited about the commodity market. I believe her excitement is brought about by the volatility of the market that causes investors to reap great returns. In an interview, Saba posited that her company owns more 5000 hectares of palm oil as well as thousands of acres of rice fields. I admire her risk-taking abilities.
About Malini Saba
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Saba grew up in Australia before moving to the United States. By virtue of being the spouse of a student at Stanford University, Saba had the privilege of attending lecturers without any charges. Through mingling with investment bankers, she got advice and started investing in various sectors using the money that she had at her disposal. Saba invested in real estate, commodities and telecommunications sectors.
By 2000, Saba was looking to invest beyond the U.S. borders, especially in South America and Asia. She recalls that when she went to the United States, she only had $200. With her former husband, they rented an apartment outside the Stanford University Campus. This information was originally published on Malini Saba’s website.