When it comes to great businesswomen, Malini Saba is one of the greatest. Born on the poor island nation of Sri Lanka, Malini brought herself to the U.S. with only a few hundred dollars a lot of dreams. Through the help of her husband, she was able to attend a few lectures at Stanford, where she soon became deeply interested in business and the art of investing. She took her education further, gathering up the firsthand experiences of great investors and bankers by traveling around and asking them how they go to where they are. When no venture capital firm would take her on, she created her own firm called Saban.
In the United States, Saban is invested heavily in technology. Elsewhere in the world, Malini Saba’s company invests in oil, gas, real estate, and rice. Malini’s goal is to invest where other investors believe the stakes are too high and the investment is too risky. That is the only way that she feels comfortable with the investments that she makes. She even stated in an interview with Ideamensch that she bucks the current trends in favor for trends that she thinks will exist three to five years down the road. This strategy has paid off well for her. She has faced some adversity in the recent past, however. Her company was involved in some investments that were soon taken over by corrupt companies. Nevertheless, she picked herself back up and made the company successful again.
Not only is Malini Saba a world-renowned investor, but she is also an avid philanthropist. Malini will donate to every cause she can think of, especially when it comes to her home country. When the tsunamis struck the small island nation of Sri Lanka, she was one of the first to help out financially, giving over $10 million in aid. She also started a nonprofit company called Stree, which is focused on giving women a leg up in poor and at-risk countries. Stree gives women a voice, the ability to get healthcare, and a foot in the door to the public policy in their countries. No matter what, she will always pick her child up from school every single day of the week.