You may only know Malini Saba as a well established philanthropist from South Asia, but I have a reason to believe that the lady was a very successful investor as well. In a bid to enhance her efforts in helping other women, Saba established the Stree–Global Investments in Women organization in 2011. The non-profit organization was established to help improve the value of the at-risk and low income women in the society. After formation, the Stree organization was inaugurated by the former USA president, Clinton, along with Queen Noor of Jordan. Since its launch, the organization has been resourceful in helping women access legal healthcare and healthcare.
Saba as an Investor
The reason why I think that Saba was a successful investor is because she is the founder of Saban. This is a popular company that once retained, and I believe still does retain, varied investments across the world. Through her company, Saba invests with such things as technology companies in the USA, Real Estate in Australia and gas and oil in China. This suggests that the lady was rich too and I think she used her wealth wisely. For instance, she donated a sum of $1 million to help establish a Heart Research Center in South Asia. She also pledged to help the victims of Tsunami in India with $10 million in 2004. I think this is very noble of her.
The investment career for Malini Saba started in early 1990s when she became the venture capitalist for Silicon Valley. Malini has acquired expansive experience in the world of investments, having invested with not less than 20 technology companies. Some of the companies that Saba invested with include Net screen Technologies Inc, Paypal Inc and Sycamore Networks, Inc.
Saba’s Early Childhood
Malini Saba was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but was brought up in Australia. Her parents were Sri Lankan of middle class. At the age of 19, Saba moved to the US. She says that she had only $200 at the time she moved to the US. After moving to the US, she and her husband rented a house within the proximity of Stanford University Campus. They stayed in this rented house while they pursued their education with the University.
This kind of early life depicts Saba as someone who rose from ‘rags to riches’. Having started with only $200 and ending up as a multinational investor, worth millions of dollars, I think Malini Saba is an exemplary woman. What I like even more about this woman is that she never forgot her origins; even with her wealth and affluence, she continued to fight for the poor and afflicted women and children across the globe.