Michael Milken - Philanthropist, Financier, Medical Research Innovator, Public Health Advocate  
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"Mike Milken's crusade - how it's changing medicine" was a Fortune magazine cover story. "Mike Milken's crusade - how it's changing medicine" was a Fortune magazine cover story. Learn more here
Short Biography
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. When the coronavirus pandemic swept the world in 2020, Mike drew on his five decades of working with leaders in public health and medical research to redirect the efforts of his foundations and the Milken Institute in several areas: connecting industry, public health schools and government agencies to expedite treatments and address shortages; provide policy recommendations; and disseminate accurate information.

Mike is chairman of the Milken Institute, an economic think tank whose annual Global Conference brings more than 5,000 leaders from 50 nations to Los Angeles. Other annual conferences are held in London, Washington, D.C, Singapore and the Middle East. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University was renamed in recognition of a gift from the Institute.

In 1990, Mike pleaded to five violations of securities regulations for which he later received a full presidential pardon along with a White House statement "calling the charges truly novel".

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, have been married since 1968. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.

Selected Articles by Mike
"No One is Safe From Biased Reporting"
"Lessons From a Lifetime of Philanthropy"
"The UnRules"
"Mike Milken On Change"
"How Technology Liberates Human Capital"
"Three Ways to Find More Disease Cures"
"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 2019 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 Future of Health Summit and the Center for the Future of Aging.
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 $101 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 12 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.
A New Podcast
Responding to Covid-19: Conversations with
Mike Milken
Francis Collins, MD, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health

Rod Hochman, MD
Providence Health

Arie Belldegrun, MD
Allogene Therapeutics

Listen to all Mike's podcasts.
Accelerating Medical Solutions
Accelerating Medical Solutions
President Clinton
President Clinton at the Milken Institute
Senator Orrin Hatch discusses medical research and the Milken Institute
'Thank God for the Milken Institute'
Leaders at the Public Health Summit
Leaders at the Public Health Summit
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."
Milken Educator Award notification
Milken Educator Award notification
Milken Educator Award notification
13.7 billion years...in 2 minutes
Michael Milken Pardon
•  Mike's Statement
•  Editorial comment
     ⚬ WSJ
     ⚬ Forbes
     ⚬ Real Clear Markets
     ⚬ Mises Institute
A full list of Mike's organizations is here.
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