Born in San Diego, California, Cheryl Saban is primarily known for her works as a philanthropist, writer and advocate for women. She was born and raised in San Diego and she is of Lutheran religion. Her father worked in a local telephone company. She herself also worked as a telephone solicitor, as a waitress at a barbecue-pit restaurant, and worked summers as a lifeguard at a Navy training center. She graduated from San Diego University. She earned a doctorate in psychology in 2005. She wrote "What is Your Self-Worth? A Woman’s Guide to Validation" donating all the earnings to charity.
Saban married her first boyfriend and had two children, both daughters, at the age of 20. But they got separated soon. She even worked as a model in 1975 after moving to Los Angeles. Playboy magazine included her in a photo feature titled “Disco Queens" in 1979. She started working as an assistant for Israeli-American Haim Saban who a millionaire was selling recordings of television theme music in 1986. Later she married him and had two children with him.