Malini Saba is known as one of the top philanthropists for the South Asian origin, and top investors in the world. She is also the Chairman of the company Saban, who has had or has retained a variety of investment interest throughout the world, these include oil and gas in China, technology companies throughout the US, and real estate in India and Australia. In 2001, Malini started a non-profit organization known as Stree: Global Investments in Women, the organization aims to change the way that at-risk and low income women and children all over the world see themselves, and also their roles within society. Stree, after being inaugurated by the former U.S. President Clinton, and Jordan’s Queen Noor. The organization has provided the means for women to access healthcare and legal empowerment, and has provided a forum in the grassroots movements in connecting with public policy in Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and India. In 2005, Malini donated one million dollars in a kick start for the world’s first Heart Research Center catering to South Asians, located at the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. And then in 2004, she toured the Tsunami ravaged areas of Sri Lanka and India and during this she pledged ten million dollars towards the victims of the tragedy for the island nation.
In Malini’s early days, she began her investment career in a Silicon Valley venture capitalist in the 1990s, where she gained extensive experience in investing with more than 20 technology companies. Some of these companies included Netscreen Technologies, Sycamore Networks, Inc., and PayPal Inc.. Malini Saba said when asked where the idea for her first company had come from, she had wanted to invest in companies but was not able to get in with a VC group. Following this she founded Saban. A typical day for Malini includes juggling her work, while also being a mom to her daughter, she does not believe in having a nanny, and also that a meeting should never be longer than 45 minutes. It was also asked how she brings her ideas to life, and she revealed that she has always looked at what the market trends are, and then done the exact opposite, and she also focuses on what the world is going to be in 3 to 5 years, based on what they are doing at the current time. Malini believes that it is important to take the Bull by the Horns, and she is not afraid of taking risk. She has always gone into countries where normally people would not tread. And Malini has said one trend that really excites her is the commodity market, while it is volatile, it also brings great returns.