Who exactly is Malini Saba? We’re so glad you asked. According to some sources, Malini Saba is one of the top female philanthropists and investors in the world today. She is also the founder and the chairman of the Saban company.
Saban is a business that has various international investment interests in U.S. technology companies, Chinese gas and oil companies and in real estate properties in India and Australia. Where did it all begin for Saba? As is the case with many others, it began with an education.
Perhaps her internationally-flavored background contributed something as well. Malini Saba was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She grew up in Australia under the watchful eyes of her Sri Lankan parents.
Saba moved to the U.S. at the age of 19. She and her former husband lived in a small apartment near the Stanford University Campus in Stanford, California while the pair pursued their intellectual interests. She went to many lectures for free because she was married to a Stanford student.
Whenever any investment bankers were at a nearby social event, she would find some way to crash the party to meet, listen to and speak with them. It was then that she actually began making her first investments. Based on the sage advice of the numerous visiting experts, she invested money in such things as real estate, telecommunications and commodities.
Saba’s actual career as an investor started sometime in the 1990s when she became an official “Silicon Valley venture capitalist”. Today she has literally years of experience in investing in almost two dozen technology companies such as PayPal Inc., Netscreen Technologies, Inc. and Sycamore Networks, Inc. She has some charitable interests as well.
She founded the non-profit organization named Stree: Global Investments in Women in 2001. The goal of this charity was to alter the way that at-risk and/or low income women and children across the globe view themselves and their place in the world. The organization also offers women the opportunity to get healthcare and legal assistance.
Three years later, Saba reportedly pledged $10 million dollars to help the residents of the tsunami-ravaged sections of Sri Lanka and India. The following year she gave $1 million to create the first heart research center for South Asians which today is located at the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. Malini Saba continues to enjoy a successful track record of investments today.