There are very few people who can claim ultimate success in the world of both business and philanthropy. We always hear of business people giving to charity, but for the most part that is just for the tax write-offs. When it comes to Malini Saba, however, her giving is out of the goodness of her heart and her empathy with the victims of discrimination and disaster.
Malini started off herself as a poor individual that moved to the U.S. from Sri Lanka when she was just 19. She only had $200 to her name when she first came to the States, and she was not really sure what she wanted to do with her life. That was until she attended a few business courses at Stanford University, her husband’s school. There, she fell in love with the field of venture capitalism and investing. From then on she tried to get a job at a venture capital firm, failing at every corner because, after all, she was just a poor girl with a lot of ideas. Soon, she decided to just create her own company. She named it Saban.
Now Saban is one of the leaders in worldwide investments, having a portfolio that spans the technology, oil and gas, and even real estate sectors. Recently, Saban has started to move its portfolio into lucrative commodities to further grow its bottom line. Malini takes chances and invests where no other investors are willing to go. She sees risk not as a downfall, but as a challenge that can be overcome. With her profits, she gives back to her original community and many other communities around the world.
Malini started giving back as soon as she could. She aided in the Sri Lankan relief efforts after the a power tsunami devastated the island nation. She gave over $10 million of her own money to help her home country. She also started Stree, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping women all over the world get out of poverty. This organization gives women access to healthcare and the empowerment they need to better the world. It also helps lower income and at-risk women find work and become entrepreneurs to shape global public policy.
On her Web site, Malini states that women have the ability to make the world a better place, no matter where they come from or what their race is. She is a living testament to that, and she puts her money where her mouth is.