Cheryl Saban

Cheryl Saban
Born Cheryl Lynn Flor
(1951-04-30) April 30, 1951
San Diego, California, U.S.
Residence Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Alma mater San Diego State University
California Coast University
Occupation Psychologist, author, philanthropist
Board member of Clinton Foundation
Religion Lutheranism
Spouse(s) 3, including Haim Saban (m. 1987)
Children 4, including Tifanie Lenhart Chaney and Heidi Lenhart Stills

Cheryl Saban (/səˈbɑːn/; born April 30, 1951) is an American psychologist, author, and philanthropist. She is a former Senior Advisor to the United States Mission to the United Nations. She is the author of several children's books and self-help books. She is the president of the Saban Family Foundation, and the founder of the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women & Girls.

Early life and education

Cheryl Saban was born as Cheryl Lyn Flor[1] on April 30, 1951 in San Diego, California.[2] Her father worked for the local telephone company.[3] Saban worked as a telephone solicitor, waitressed at a barbecue-pit restaurant, and worked summers as a lifeguard at a Navy training center.[3]

Saban attended San Diego State University.[3] She earned a doctorate in psychology from California Coast University in 2005.[4]


Saban started her career as a model in San Francisco, California in 1973 and Los Angeles in 1975.[3] She recorded her first album in 1978 under the name Flower.[3] In 1979, Playboy included her in a nude pictorial titled “Disco Queens".[3]

Saban accepted a job as an assistant for Israeli-American Haim Saban, a self-made millionaire who later became her husband, in 1986.[3] She wrote for television multiple times, including 19 episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, produced by Saban. She is the author of four children's books, a thriller, and several self-help books. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.[5]

Saban was nominated as Senior Advisor to the United States Mission to the United Nations by President Barack Obama in September 2012.[6][7]


Saban serves as the president of Saban Family Foundation.[2] Through a $10 million donation, Saban established the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women & Girls in 2009.[2] The foundation will provide micro-financing programs to women in the U.S. and in Israel.[3] Saban formerly served on the board of the Westside Children’s Center,[8] where she pledged $250,000 to fund foster-parenting programs.[3] With her husband, she donated $10 million to the Los Angeles Free Clinic, where she was a patient in her years of financial difficulty, and it was renamed the Saban Free Clinic in 2008.[9]

Saban serves on the board of directors of the Clinton Foundation.[5] She also serves as an honorary member of the board of trustees of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.[10] She received an honorary doctorate from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel in 2014.[11]

Personal life

Saban has been married three times. She married her first husband, Ray Lenhart, at the age of 20.[4] They had two daughters, Tifanie Lenhart Chaney and actress Heidi Lenhart Stills, and divorced soon after.[4] She later divorced her second husband, a music producer, and struggled to provide for her children.[3]

Saban married her third husband, Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban in 1987.[12] They had two children through a surrogate (Saban had previously had a hysterectomy): Ness and Tanya. Ness was the eighth surrogate-born baby in the world and Tanya was the fortieth.[13] Although Cheryl follows Lutheranism, she agreed to raise the children Jewish. The family always puts up a Christmas tree and celebrates Shabbat weekly. Saban told the rabbi who married them: "Think of me as a Christian who believes in Judaism.”[3] They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[2]



  1. Saban, Cheryl What Is Your Self-Worth? ISBN 978-1-4019-2603-8 - Publisher: Hay House, Inc. - Publication date: 5/1/2009 | p. 114
  2. 1 2 3 4 Adeniji, Ade (April 9, 2015). "What Cheryl Saban Is Doing to Empower Women and Girls". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hoffman, Allison (June 17, 2009). "MORPHED: Cheryl Saban's journey from beach bunny to philanthropist". Tablet. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Cheryl Biography Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. retrieved October 4, 2012
  5. 1 2 "Board of Directors". Clinton Foundation. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  6. "Statement by Cheryl Saban, Senior Advisor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, to the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee (Legal) on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism". U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  7. "Major Dem Donor Saban to U.N. Gen. Assembly". Washington Free Beacon. September 19, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  8. "Board of Directors: EMERITAE". Westside Children's Center. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  9. Saban, Cheryl (July 27, 2012). "Cheryl Saban, Once Broke, Recounts Her Visit to a Free Clinic Later Named for Her and Her Husband". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  10. "Board of Trustees: Honorary Members". Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  11. Torok, Ryan (June 11, 2014). "Moving and Shaking: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved October 19, 2016. During the same event, BGU recognized social activist, philanthropist and psychologist Cheryl Saban with an honorary doctoral degree.
  12. Upstart Business Journal: "Haim Saban, Power Ranger' by Amy Wallace August 13, 2008
  13. What is Your SELF-WORTH? - A Woman's Guide to Validation By Cheryl Saban retrieved July 17, 2013
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