Donor Dedicates Wealth and Time to Immigrants From Her Homeland

An Eclectic Donor Gives Time and Money to Helping Immigrants 1

Deborah Anderson

Bita Daryabari has helped more than 400 Iranian immigrants escape poverty and is helping women in the Middle East gain independence.

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Deborah Anderson

Bita Daryabari has helped more than 400 Iranian immigrants escape poverty and is helping women in the Middle East gain independence.

At 16, Bita Daryabari was sent by her parents—a dentist and a homemaker in Tehran—to live with relatives in St. Joseph, Mo. The year was 1985, and she was part of a wave of immigrants who fled Iran in the years following the Islamic fundamentalist revolution in 1979.

In her new homeland, she thrived: moving to the Bay Area for college, becoming a software engineer, and catching the tech wave early.

Today, the 44-year-old has a fortune worth roughly a half-billion