From Rags to Riches: Malini Saba’s Story

The life of Malini Saba is one to be celebrated. Malini Saba is current the Chairwoman of the successful Saban investment firm. Here firm currently boasts investments in several worldwide industries, including technology, the oil and gas sector, and real estate.

 

Malini has extremely humble beginnings, being born in Sri Lanka and coming to the United States when she was only 19 years old. She had a measly $200 in her pocket, but she did not let that keep her down. She met and married a Stanford student and was able to go to classes for free and learn about business and investing. As her interest in investment grew, she would travel to banks and other investment firms to simply ask the higher-ups what it would take to become extremely successful in investing. This gave her the drive and idea to start her own venture capital firm.

 

Malini is also a very involved philanthropist. Growing up in Asia, she knew the plight that women and children faced in the poorer parts of the world. This is why she started the nonprofit Stree, an organization that is designed to help low income and women and children that are considered “at-risk.” This organization gives them the ability to fight laws and the confidence to work with public policy in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. This organization also gives access to healthcare to the people that need it. Her philanthropy does not stop there. She also gives away millions of dollars to those causes that she deems fit. For example, after the tsunamis ravaged the island nation of Sri Lanka, her birthplace, she gave $10 million to the country to help rebuild and provide relief.

 

Now, with her record in philanthropy and her success in the business world, Malini Saba works to make her mark on the global market. In an interview that she did with Ideamensch, Malini explains that she does not like to go with trends that are happening right now, but she attacks markets that she thinks will be doing well in 3 to 5 years. She will invest in the risky parts of the world, finding that they will often provide the highest rates of return. Work is not her entire life, however. Malini is also very conscious about being there for her child, whom she will always drive to and from school. Overall, Malini Saba has conquered both the financial and the spiritual world.