Responding to COVID-19: Conversations with Mike Milken How far out is a vaccine? What treatments are in the pipeline?
Can we protect our most vulnerable citizens and restart the economy?
Mike addresses these questions and more in his daily podcast with leaders on the front lines of the global response. Listen here
In a Wall Street Journal interview, Mike says to beat Covid-19 we must "invest in where the world is going, not where it is." Learn more here
Lifestyles Magazine calls Mike a "genius game changer who is saving lives." Learn more here
"Mike Milken's crusade - how it's changing medicine" was a Fortune magazine cover story. Learn more here
A Forbes cover story
listed Mike among
"The Visionaries Reimagining Our Children's Future." 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike's four decades of philanthropy include many other programs in medical research, public health and education.
Mike talked on Fox with Maria Bartiromo about increased collaboration to accelerate efforts to develop treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, and then how to ramp up production and distribution.
Vice President Biden told Mike what has made him so successful in negotiating as a senator and as vice president with international leaders. The bottom line? “All politics is personal.”
At the Global Conference, President George W. Bush described the effects on his family from the death of his sister Robin when he was only seven years old.
Mike Milken and legendary film director John Landis spoke movingly about their lives and careers during a sold-out event at the Alan Howard Foundation JW3 Speaker Series in London's Jewish Community Centre.