Malini Saba, an Inspiration to all Women

Some women think that some things can only be done by men. Most commonly, this kind of attitude is found among women in the developing countries. I do not blame them because the culture and environment in which they have been brought up are such as to accustom them to the mindset that they are not capable of doing certain things. It is this culture that causes parents in some countries especially Africa to marry off their daughters at young ages while preferring to educate sons.

The life of Malini Saba presents an inspiration to all women that they can also invest successfully just like men and that they can become philanthropists instead of sitting back and waiting to benefit from philanthropic activities of men. A self-made success; Malini is more than passionate about helping other women to achieve success in their lives also. She was born in Sri Lanka, lived in Malaysia up to the age of 19 years when she moved to the United States with just $200 in her pocket. She lived with her former husband in a humble apartment close to a railway line, and any time a truck passed along, the whole apartment would be left shaking.

Despite the poor living conditions, she remained focused, taking advantage of every opportunity that life presented. For instance, as a spouse of a student at Stanford, she would often attend lectures, particularly when investment matters were being discussed. It is out of the knowledge that she gained here that she was able to start investing successfully. Currently, Saba is the chairperson of Saban, a company that she founded and currently holds significant investment interests in various countries such as the US, China, India and Australia. The company’s investment portfolios range from real estate, technology to oil and gas.

In addition to her successful businesses, Malini is a leading female philanthropist of all times. In 2001, she founded a not for profit organization called Stree that aims to change the self-perception among women from low-income families by enabling them to access health care, education and legal assistance. The organization received recognition and support from both President Clinton of the US and Queen Noor of Jordan.

It will be remembered that in 2004 when Malini visited the Tsunami affected areas of India and Sri Lanka, she promised to donate $10M to support the victim. The following year, she donated $1M to establish the first heart research center in South Asia. Surely, Malini Saba is one of the leading investors and philanthropist born in South Asia.