Global Conference 2013

Speaker's Biography

Michael Milken

Chairman, Milken Institute

Michael Milken, chairman of the Milken Institute, was called "The Man Who Changed Medicine" by Fortune magazine for his decades of accelerating progress against all life-threatening diseases. Building on work begun in the 1970s, he co-founded the Milken Family Foundation in 1982 to support medical research and education. He also heads FasterCures, a Milken Institute center that hosted last fall's Celebration of Science in Washington. The Celebration enlisted national leaders to highlight the profound benefits of bioscience and call for a renewed commitment to research. Mike's philanthropic career paralleled a financial career that helped democratize modern financial markets by expanding access to capital, creating millions of jobs. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his MBA from the Wharton School. He and his wife, Lori, who celebrate their 45th anniversary this year, have three children and eight grandchildren. Additional details and articles are at

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