Malini Saba was born to a middle-class family in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She lived here for 19 years and moved to the United States with just 200 dollars. She rented an apartment outside Stanford University and put herself through School. The apartment was located near a railway track and would shake every time the train passed. Nevertheless, that apartment marked the beginning of a prosperous future. She attended investment classes and occasionally, Malini would gatecrash investment meeting and seek the advice of investment bankers. Later, with the small savings she had made she started investing in telecommunication, commodities and Real Estate business.
Today, Saba is among the top investors and philanthropist from the South Asian region. She is the chairman of Saban Capital Group, a company that has invested in technology, oil and gas industries in China, and real-estate properties across the globe. In the year 2001, Ms. Saban founded Stree, a non-profit organization that aims to change the mindset of women who are in the category of low income. It also aims at educating children and women about their roles in the society. Stree is a platform through which women use to access Health Care, legal services and creating a forum where they can connect to public policy.
Ms. Saba has also participated in several philanthropic activities. In June 2005, Malini contributed 1 million dollars with the aim of kick-starting the first Heart Research Centre for the South Asian People. The Research Centre was based at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA. After the tsunami disaster, she toured various affected regions in India and Srilanka and pledged 10 million Dollars meant to fast track the construction of houses for the victims.
Malini Saba is the chairman and founder of Saban Capital Group. It is an American based Equity Investment. The firm is located in Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the company has focused on media, entertainment, and communication Investments.
Daniel Budzinski had a chance to interview Malini Saba. He got to ask her several questions in regards to her roots, her path to success and her philanthropic life. Having talked about her youthful years and the struggles she went through, Malini Saba has a few advice on how to make a successful entrepreneur. Among the tips she gave was; coming up with a unique idea, investing time and capital in it, seeking advice from experienced entrepreneurs on how to implement the idea. Finally, she pointed out that it is not always easy but perseverance and dedication are paramount if you have to succeed.