Michael Milken - Philanthropist, Financier, Medical Research Innovator, Public Health Advocate  
A Forbes cover story
listed Mike among
"The Visionaries Reimagining Our Children's Future."
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Philanthropy Magazine calls Mike "The Accelerator"
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"Mike Milken's crusade - how it's changing medicine" was a Fortune magazine cover story. Learn more here
Mike Milken's career has mirrored his four main professional passions: medical research, education, public health and access to capital. He has been uniquely successful in creating value, whether measured in lives saved (Fortune magazine called him "The Man Who Changed Medicine"), students inspired (Forbes said he is an education visionary) or jobs created. Beginning in 1969, he financed thousands of companies that collectively created millions of jobs.

His philanthropy, which began in the 1970s and paralleled his business career, expanded in 1982 with the establishment of the Milken Family Foundation. Among other philanthropies, he leads FasterCures, a Washington-based think tank that removes barriers to progress against all life-threatening diseases. For his efforts to speed the pace of medical research, Philanthropy Magazine called him "The Accelerator."

Mike is chairman of the Milken Institute, an economic think tank whose annual Global Conference brings 4,000 leaders from 50 nations to Los Angeles each spring. Other annual conferences are held in New York, London, Washington and Singapore. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University was renamed in recognition of a gift from the Institute.

Mike graduated from Berkeley with highest honors and earned his MBA at the Wharton School, where he was a Joseph Wharton fellow. He and his wife, Lori, who are members of the Giving Pledge, were married in 1968; they have three children and nine grandchildren.

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Selected Articles by Mike
"Finance and a Strong Society"
"How Housing Policy Hurts the Middle Class"
"To Renew Prosperity, Focus on Human Capital"
"Companies Should Lean In Too"
"Investing in Science, Reaping Rewards"
"Why Capital Structure Matters"
"The Corporate Financing Cube"
Read other articles by Mike Milken.
The Milken Institute
A non-profit, non-partisan economic think tank whose scholars lead an international dialogue on solutions in the areas of economics, health, aging, human capital, philanthropy and capital markets. Learn more about the 2016 Milken Institute Global Conference.
This Washington, D.C.-based think tank is removing barriers to progress against all life-threatening diseases.
Milken Family Foundation
Established in 1982, the Foundation is one of America's leading charitable organizations supporting education and a broad range of medical research.
Bioscience/Public Health
Major recent initiatives include the Tahoe Retreat on Innovation, the Celebration of Science and the 2016 Public Health Summit.
Milken Scholars Program
The Milken Scholars Program provides outstanding high school students with a commitment of four years of college financial assistance, counseling, volunteer opportunities and preparation for graduate studies and beyond.
Melanoma Research Alliance
The MRA has awarded approximately $80 million to medical investigators in 15 countries focused on accelerating new therapeutic approaches for melanoma, improving existing treatments, developing new biomarkers and advancing understanding of risk factors. Since 2007, the FDA has approved 11 new melanoma treatments.
Prostate Cancer Foundation
The world's largest philanthropic source of funds for prostate cancer research, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is helping reduce the death rate from one of the most common cancers.
Other Non-Profit Activities
Mike's four decades of philanthropy include many other programs in medical research, public health and education.
Accelerating Medical Solutions
Accelerating Medical Solutions
  President Clinton
President Clinton at the Milken Institute
  Congressman Joe Barton at Global Conference
Congressman Joe Barton at Global Conference
  Al Gore gets excited. Very excited
Al Gore gets excited. Very excited
  Milken Educator Award
Milken Educator Award
  Milken Scholars
Milken Scholars
  Mike interviewed at the Economic Club of DC
Mike interviewed at the Economic Club of DC
  One of those guys who just soaks you in
"One of those guys who just soaks you in."
  Steve Wynn recounts meeting Mike for the first time
Steve Wynn recounts meeting Mike for the first time
  Milken Educator Award notification
Milken Educator Award notification
  Milken Educator Award notification
13.7 billion years...in 2 minutes
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