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Michael Milken

Milken Institute chairman

Mike Milken, Milken Institute chairman, has been at the forefront of successful initiatives in medical research, education, public health and capital access for more than four decades. Fortune called him "The Man Who Changed Medicine" and Forbes listed him among "Visionaries Reimagining Our Children's Future." In 1982 he formalized previous philanthropy by co-founding the Milken Family Foundation. He also chairs FasterCures, which speeds progress against all life-threatening diseases. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University recognizes an Institute gift. As a financier, Mike is often said to have revolutionized modern capital markets by pricing and rewarding risk more efficiently. The thousands of companies he financed created millions of jobs. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mike earned his MBA at the Wharton School. He and his wife of 48 years, Lori, who are members of the Giving Pledge, have three children and nine grandchildren. For more information see