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Michael Milken    

Financier, Philanthropist & Chairman of the Milken Institute

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 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.

Speech Topics

Recapturing The American Dream

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Toward a More Prosperous Future

Things That Will Change the World

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