Malini Saba was born in a middle class Sri Lankan family in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. She went on to grow up in Australia, and then move to America with just $200 to her name when she was only 19 years old.
While she was studying at Stanford she was living with her former husband in an apartment by the railway tracks, and still remembers the noise that each passing train would make. Hardships like these are what later helped her be capable of achieving great things, as she became an even stronger woman.
I found out that she began her career by making investments around the globe. Unfortunately, she had to deal with corruption from people in her area, which led to her losing a lot of money and time.
She didn’t let that hold her back though. As this Huffington Post article says, she went on to start another enterprise, and despite challenges, she never gave up.
She continued fighting, and it has now all paid off. She’s one of the world’s top owners of large scale resources such as real estate, rice fields and energy companies. She has also invested in many companies, starting in the 90s, like Paypal and Sycamore Networks, as well as Netscreen Technologies – decisions which have certainly paid off in the long run.
Something I noticed about Saba is that she really knows where to put her money. She says that the commodity market is her favorite place to invest, because the high risk yields big returns.
I also find her philanthropic work really interesting. She’s devoted to helping women around the world and founded Stree: Global Investments in Women – a charity that helps women around the world, especially those who come from low-income areas. She is really devoted not only to her own success, but to helping other women reach their goals as well.
Another thing that is interesting about her is that even though she’s so successful in her career, she puts her family first and takes care of her child personally, rather than hiring nannies or babysitters, as many people in her position would do.
At the end of the day, I think that Malini Saba is not only one of the greatest businesswomen in the world, but also a great woman who helps others like her become successful as well. She’s not only powerful and intelligent, but caring and kind, and could serve as an inspiration to the rest of us.