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, 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 widely respected Milken Institute, an economic think tank whose annual Global Conference brings 3,500 leaders from 50 nations to Los Angeles each spring. Other conferences are held in New York, London and Singapore. George Washington University named the Milken Institute School of Public Health 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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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


Selected Articles by Mike
"Finance and a Strong Society"
"To Renew Prosperity, Focus on Human Capital"
"How Housing Policy Hurts the Middle Class"
"Investing in Science, Reaping Rewards"
"Why Capital Structure Matters"
"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. Watch videos and learn more about the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference.
FasterCures
This Washington, D.C.-based think tank is removing barriers to progress against all life-threatening diseases. Read Mike's 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 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
  Al Gore at GC
 
Mike's WSJ tribute to Gary Becker
  Al Gore at GC
 
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
  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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