Michael Milken - Philanthropist, Financier, Medical Research Innovator, Public Health Advocate
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Mike Milken's career has mirrored his four main professional passions: medical research, public health, education reform and expansion of access to financial capital. In each, he has been uniquely successful in creating value, whether measured in lives saved (Fortune magazine called him "The Man Who Changed Medicine"), students inspired or jobs created. Between 1969 and 1989, he financed more than 3,200 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. He also heads the Prostate Cancer Foundation and 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 also helped launch the Melanoma Research Alliance to support work on fatal skin cancers. He is chairman of the widely respected and influential Milken Institute, an economic think tank whose annual Global Conference brings 3,500 leaders from some 50 nations to Los Angeles each spring. Other conferences are held in New York, London and Singapore. 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, were married in 1968 and have three children and eight grandchildren.

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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

Selected Articles by Mike
"How Housing Policy Hurts the Middle Class"
"Impact of the Global Conference"
"Delivering on the Promise to Young Scientists"
"Ten Reasons to Commit to Bioscience"
"Investing in Science, Reaping Rewards"
"Where's Sputnik?"
"Toward a New American Century"
"Why Capital Structure Matters"
"Components of Prosperity"
"The Corporate Financing Cube"
Read other articles by Mike Milken.


Mike Milken's Organizations
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, human capital, demographics and capital markets. Learn more about the Milken Institute Global Conference, April 27-30, or watch a three-minute video. Read Mike’s thoughts on Global Conference 2014.
This Washington, D.C.-based think tank is removing barriers to progress against all life-threatening diseases. Read Mike's latest article about the importance of funding young investigators.
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 Summit on Public Health.
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 Melanoma Research Alliance supports innovative translational studies that advance the diagnosis, staging and treatment of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.
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 three decades of philanthropy include many other programs in medical research, public health and education.
Epilepsy Research Awards Program
Early career physician-scientist and translational research awards are made in conjunction with the American Epilepsy Society.
Accelerating Medical Solutions
Accelerating Medical Solutions
  President Clinton
President Clinton at the Milken Institute
  Al Gore at GC
Al Gore gets excited. Very excited
  Thank God for the Milken Institute-Sen. Orrin Hatch
"Thank God for the Milken Institute..."
- Sen. Orrin Hatch
  David Brooks
"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
  A full list of Mike's organizations is here.
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