Sometimes we learn about people in this world who are manifesting in the best possible way, and are doing so much good, you know their legacy will be that of philanthropy and goodwill. It is so nice to find out that someone who has truly “made it” is, in fact, giving others a hand-up as well. Malini Saba, the Chairman of Saban, which is a company with varied financial interests around the globe, is just this type of person. Most anything you read about Ms. Saba may first speak of her many successes in business, yet shortly thereafter there will undoubtedly be information about her undying altruism, and how she is indeed helping others, and not just helping herself.
The word generosity is not spoken of very often, or at least in the true sense it is not. In fact, it has become the linchpin of a lot of sarcastic vernacular! Some people make it a point to give all they have, and when they feel they have nothing to give, they try to be of service to others. Born in Malaysia, and being raised in Australia, Ms. Saba left down-under and headed to the United States with just $200 and a dream, perhaps wealthy by some immigrants standards! That said, she and her boyfriend rented a tiny apartment off the Stanford campus while they pursued their education.
Generosity would be the hallmark of Malini Saba‘s first venture, “Stree,” which provides access for women to healthcare as well as serving to make them legally empowered by giving access to litigious services. Malini Saba, who initially did start out by working in venture capital (VC) in Silicon Valley, found it difficult to get into a VC group and promote her own ideas. With no options available to join a VC group, she did what any smart woman would: Malini founded her own VC firm called “Saban.”
Several successful years later, Ms. Saba’s daily routine begins at 5 A.M., when she takes calls with some of her commodity interests in China, and then shortly thereafter walks her daughter to school! She also makes time to pick her daughter up every day, as she does not believe in relegating the responsibilities of parenthood to hired unknowns. This very busy is able to juggle all of this successfully largely because she has one method for making the right moves: she bucks trends! She looks at what is going on, and she does the opposite. This appears to have served her well, and will likely to continue to do so because all markets run in cycles, so by going in the opposite direction, your are betting the pendulum will swing, and indeed it shall!