April 7, 2014
Donor Dedicates Wealth and Time to Immigrants From Her Homeland
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