Chairman, Milken Institute; Founder, FasterCures
Mike Milken has long been at the forefront of successful initiatives in medical research, education, public health, and access to capital. One of America's leading philanthropists over the last four decades, he was called 'The Man Who Changed Medicine' in a Fortune cover story. He formalized his previous philanthropy in 1982 by co-founding the Milken Family Foundation. He chairs the Milken Institute, whose 19th annual Global Conference will bring more than 3,800 decision makers from 50 nations to Los Angeles May 1-4. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University was named in recognition of an Institute gift. As a financier, beginning in 1969, Mike is often said to have revolutionized modern capital markets by expanding capital access for growing companies that created millions of jobs. Mike graduated with highest distinction from Berkeley and earned his MBA at Wharton. He and his wife of 47 years, Lori, have three children and nine grandchildren. See www.mikemilken.com.