Malini Saba has a big heart and a passion to help women in Southern Asia who may not have access to various social and healthcare services they need. Saba is a businesswomen with a high acumen in finance and entrepreneurship, and the two biggest companies she’s started are Saban and Stree. Malini has been a part of several successful US startups that have now become online powerhouses, and in her tireless work, she raised $10 million in 2004 to help the surviving victims of the major tsunami, and raised $1 million to help start a major South Asian heart disease research center for an El Camino, CA hospital.
Saba’s story has been one of endurance and perseverance. She was born to a relatively poor family that moved from Malaysia to Australia, and had very little to survive on. She was married at a young age and afforded the opportunity to travel to America with her husband, but times were still tough with little money and only being able to afford a small cramped apartment. But she determined to try something that few people of her status would have ever thought to do. She decided to become an investor, starting with just a little money.
Malini Saba got advice and insights both from college professors and local financial experts, and was gradually able to build her savings up to start the major businesses she would become known for. She first founded Stree in 2001, in an effort to build a company that would afford impoverished Asian women the chance to get healthcare, legal help, and other benefits they would not be able to afford. In fact, former President Bill Clinton and Queen Noor of Jordan even attended and inaugurated the opening of this company.
Most of Saba’s main investments and startup companies have been in the oil and natural gas industries, but she also has invested in other well-known companies such as PayPal and Sycamore Networks. Saba is continuing to work today to bring more awareness and new startups to benefit the impoverished regions of Asia. She hopes her story of perseverance through hardship will be an inspiration to future generations of Asian women.