Bita Daryabari: Donates $1 Million to Golden Gate University

Advancing educational opportunities for Middle Eastern students pursuing degrees in business and law

Golden Gate University is proud to announce a $1 million gift from human rights advocate and philanthropist Bita Daryabari (MS 96) to create the Bita Daryabari Endowed Fund for Middle Eastern Students. The gift will support scholarships for students in the Ageno School of Business and a fellowship for a lawyer at the School of Law. Daryabari, who earned a MS in telecommunications management in 1996, wanted to show her appreciation for her GGU experience while recognizing her commitment to expand educational opportunities to Middle Easterners — particularly women. This endowment supports the university’s goal to increase its presence and reputation as a premier global educator.

Daryabari is excited to establish the first ever endowed scholarship fund for Middle Eastern Students at GGU. “This is the beginning of something historic for GGU,” she says. “It is, for me, a singular source of joy and pride to be involved in this endeavor with the university.”

President Dan Angel couldn’t be happier. “Bita helps us move forward significantly in our commitment to serving the global student of tomorrow, especially women from the Middle East. This is an important leadership gift for Golden Gate and builds critical momentum for our comprehensive fundraising campaign. We are very grateful.” >>>


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Soosan Khanoom

Hamseda for U and the rest of NIAC haters,

by Soosan Khanoom on

This info is from the NIAC website on " Bita Daryabari Scholarship"


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by Kabriat on

Seriously man, seriously.  You honestly consider a woman who gained her wealth by marrying wealthy men and then donating insignificant amounts of those funds (relative to the percentage she gained) to funds named after her a "model citizen"?  There's no way you think that.  Shouldn't the model citizen be the person who actually earned their way to wealth and who donated significant amounts of that wealth to charities, anonymously and with no expectation of notoriety?  Lets set our standards higher and not be enamoured by wealth for its own sake.

Jahanshah Javid

Model Citizen

by Jahanshah Javid on

Thank you Bita for your generous support to the community.

Anahid Hojjati

Hamsade, thanks for your comment addressed to me.

by Anahid Hojjati on

I hope Bita can do more good with her money and enjoy it also and have a huge wedding for her kids some day. Darandegi va barazandegi as they say.


wow, this place reeks of

by vildemose on

wow, this place reeks of jealousy and ugliness even first thing in the morning.  

Good for her. It's her money and she can use it however she wants. 


All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


@hamsade, @Albaloo

by Kabriat on

@hamsade Huh??  What kind of nonsensical response was that????  Thats not even worth responding to.  Put some intelligence behind your comment and I'll get back to you.


@Albalo: Yup.  She went from a billion-dollar Google executive to a million-dollar doctor.  She earned her way to wealth and is now helping us all with her hard-earned cash (which of course she ensures we know about by making sure that everytime she gives the gift is named after her).

Mohammad Ala


by Mohammad Ala on

You should not be criticized for expressing your view.  You do not come across as a jealous person.

hamsade ghadimi

anahid, this is how niacis

by hamsade ghadimi on

anahid, this is how niacis react to the generosity of an iranian american who is also a human rights activist.  no surprise here.


She is married now to a wealthy doctor.

by Albaloo on

She is married now to a wealthy doctor.  I have heard that they have invited an opera singer from Italy and spent millions on the wedding.  

Is she the one?   Can someone confirm what that I have heard about her?



by Kabriat on

I'd be more impressed if she didn't have hundreds of millions before she started donating large sums of cash.  Bravo to the true selfless who give when they have nothing or who give substantial portions of what they actually have.  I'd also be more impressed if she gave without having requiring the grant to be named after her.  Bravo to those who give without expecting anything in return - such as an endowment under their name.  

Bita should donate a $1 million to and force the site to change it's name to Bita Daryabari's  Then we can all give her another award for how selfless she is and you can attack me for being jealous rather than addressing my point head-on about how ridiculous the whole situation is.

Anahid Hojjati

Bita is a beautiful and nice lady,

by Anahid Hojjati on

There are some who are jealous and envious of her but living in the Bay area, I have here and there heard from friends and family about Bita and it has always been positive. It is great that she is using her money to support great causes and we Iranians in the Bay area should be happy about it. More power to Bita.


Bravo, Bita

by Azarbanoo on

Great initiative from a Young & Beutiful Educated woman.  I am proud of you.