Malini Saba is one of the world’s top investors and philanthropists of the South Asia origin.
She serves as the current chairmen at Saban and has been with the company for over 20 years. Saban has retained varied investment interests in technology companies in the United States, oil and gas in China and real estate in Australia and India.
Saba was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia, and grew up in Austrailia. When she was 19, she moved to the United States – with just $200.
She married a Stanford student and was able to attend lectures at the university for free. She was interested in investment and business. She made her way into gatherings – where investment bankers were around. She started saving up money over the years and eventually, got to take some of the investment bankers’ advice, to slowly start investing in sectors like telecommunications, commodities, and real estate. After which, she became one of the most respected and successful investors in her field.
In 2000, Saba started Stree – a Palo Alto, California, based, non-profit organization to help battered women and young girls around the world. At its launch, Bill Clinton was the guest of honor. Stree is aimed at changing the way low-income and at-risk women and children see themselves, and their roles in society. It provides a means for a woman to access healthcare, legal empowerment and provide a forum for the grassroots movement to connect with public policy in Africa, Central America, Inda and Eastern Europe.
Over the next 10 years, her career has ventured in real estate at the next level.
She has been honored to receive the Ambassador of Peace award in 2007, the Philanthropist of the Year award in 2005, 2004, the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in 2005, the Mother Theresa Award in 2004, and the Entrepreneur of the year award in 2001.
Saba is a board member of the Stanford Cancer Center, Relief Foundation, the William J. Clinton Foundation, and ARC.
She stands up and fights for children, civil rights & social action, economic empowerment, human rights, and poverty alleviation.
In a blog posted on, ideamensch.com, there is an interview that covers her business and personal life. To get to know the real woman behind Saban, read this blog post, here.