Malini Saba is one of the best when it comes to inspiring women in the business world. Her business life operation is twofold. She has a business for investing called Saban and a non-profit organization called the Stree Foundation. That right there should be all the inspiration that women would need, but she has even more things that inspire women.
In addition to starting two businesses, Malini Saba is a philanthropist. I have found myself trying to figure out how someone that grew up in a regular middle class household would become a multi-millionaire that could give away a million dollars to help start a hospital. How does someone that only has $200 to her name at the age of 19 become a woman that could pledge $10 million to the victims of the Tsunami when it occurred? That is the thing that puzzled me. I was inspired to read more and find out more about Malini Saba.
Saba has stated that she loves the commodities industry. She doesn’t shy away from the fact that she has lost a lot of money in the past from some investments that have gone horribly wrong, but these are all life lessons. Every investor – at some point in their life – will make bad investment decisions. What I know, however, is that she has made a lot more good investment decisions than bad. Otherwise, she would not be where she is today.
It is just interesting to see how she moved up the ladder in the corporate world when she didn’t have any real connections to any people in power. There are a lot of people that get to the top because of who they know. Malini moved from Malaysia to Australia to America all before she turned 20 years of age. She was never in a position to meet and build any important connections in her youth that would help her make her career advancement easier in her adult life. She was someone that knew that she would have to study hard at Stanford and make it on her own.
There is a lot of praise for her ability to lead in an industry where men are often taking the lead. Saba knows that she is good as what she does, but she is always striving to be a better boss. Her dedication to her businesses is quite inspiring to me.