From all that I have read, Malina Saba, Chairman of Saban, is one of the top investors in the world. Her investment career began when she moved from her home in Australia to the U.S. when she was 19. While living in a small apartment, her husband managed to attend Sanford University. They lived by the skin of their teeth for the next four years. Although her husband was the only official student between them, as the spouse of a student she was allowed to attend lectures for free-a free education that would help her enormously in her investment career.
During these years she also talked to investment bankers whenever possible to get their advice. Malini Saba also saved as much money as possible for several years so that she could invest it later on. Things really began to take off for her in the 1990s during her time as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. During this time she wisely invested in 20 technology companies. In the mid-2000s, she began growing her fortune astronomically by investing worldwide. Today her company, Saban, has many investments in U.S. technology companies, Gas facilities in China, and real estate throughout Australia and India.
She has said that one of her secrets to success is being willing to take risks, which she has done many times throughout her career. She is not only an incredibly successful businesswoman. She is also a committed philanthropist. In 2001, she began the non-profit charity, Stree: Global Investments in Women as a means to helping low income and at-risk women and children around the globe. She remains very dedicated to philanthropic work through Stree, which gives these impoverished, needy women and children access to healthcare and legal assistance.
Stree has become such a highly respected charity that it has been supported by big international leaders like Bill Clinton and Queen Noor of Jordan. But Stree is not her only venue of charitable giving. In 2004 she gave $10 million to tsunami reparation in Sri Lanka after touring the ravaged area. In addition, in 2005 she gave $1 million to help build a Heart Research Center in California.