Malini Saban, the founder and chairperson of Saban is a passionate philanthropist. While this South Asian woman’s company invests in real estate, gas, oil, and tech companies in Australia, China, and the US, she spends her free time trying to help low income, at-risk women worldwide. Saban created a non-profit organization called Stree: Global Investments in Women in 2001. It offers women access to legal empowerment, healthcare and public policy forums in India, Eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
In 2004 when a tsunami ravaged parts of India and Sri Lanka, Malini pledged $10 million to assist the victims and rebuild the countries. The following year when El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California was attempting to set up the Heart Research Center that was the world’s first for South Asians, Malini Saba was among the first to show support. She donated $1 million to their noteworthy effort. Those noble acts show the character of this successful entrepreneur and investor.
It invests in real estate, oil and gas, and technology companies worldwide. Those companies include Netscreen Technologies, Inc., PayPal Inc., and Sycamore Networks Inc. Those investment have Saban in conference calls to Asia at 5a.m. and attending 45 minute meetings relating to her investments throughout Europe and the U.S.
But for Malini Saba, the most important activities during the day are taking her daughter to school, picking her up in the afternoon, and spending as much quality time with her as possible every day. She’s nurturing her daughter’s potential just as she does her investments investment in agriculture, commodities, real estate, retail, iron ore mines, and emerging markets. Both tasks require her prodigious skills and call for learning and growing every day. She simply does her research and takes the necessary risks that she’s certain will lead to success.
Saba has learned as a woman and visionary entrepreneur she cannot let people bully her or control the manifestation of her dreams and goals. She has learned from her successes and her failures and is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. Saban remains involved in day to day operations on her projects whether in the rice fields, mines, or with start-up companies. But she still makes time for good food, great wines, and meaningful books.