When we think of humanitarian efforts, we often think of them as being completely separate from business. Business people are only interested in profits and furthering their own cause, right? They cannot possibly have the sensibility to work for other people. Well, when it comes to Malini Saba, this notion gets turned on its head.
Malini was born and raised in Sri Lanka, in Southern Asia. When she was 19 years old, she moved to the United States with her husband to pursue an education. She only had $200 to her name when she first arrived, so getting this education was extremely difficult. Luckily, she was able to sit in on some business courses that her husband was attending, and this was the first time that she fell in love with the world of investment. She wanted to join the venture capital movement that was sweeping the globe at the time, so she applied at several firms, only to be turned down every time. She eventually decided to just start her own company.
Malini Saba is now the Chairwoman of Saban, a global investment firm that has several investments in oil and gas, technology, real estate, and a plethora of commodities. Saban breaks the normal notions of what it means to be an investment firm. Malini likes to take risks, and she is not afraid to invest in places that other investors are too scared to go. Malini looks five years down the road and wants to know what the trends and investment opportunities will be then, rather than looking at the current state of things. This helps her get in before everyone else, and pull more profits out than any other investor is able to. This helped to make Saban a multi million dollar company. However, Malini does not just sit on stacks of cash like another investor might. She is actively giving back and improving the world one dollar at a time.
In 2001, Malini started Stree, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the rights of women and challenging how their roles in society are seen. This organization provides women empowerment and the means to create their own movements. Malini also gives millions each year to charities and causes, such as the $10 million that she gave for tsunami relief in 2004 to her home country of Sri Lanka.
Malini Saba is the epitome of the merger of business and philanthropy, and through her love of investments, her background of poverty, and her need to give back, she has created an empire that will help the world for generations to come.