Knowledge Universe Chairman Michael Milken is widely known for innovations that helped create millions of jobs in the more than 3,200 companies he has financed since 1969. Milken is often said to have revolutionised modern capital markets, making them more dynamic and democratic by expanding access to capital for growing companies. The Washington Post said he "helped create the conditions for America's explosion of wealth and creativity," a process that BusinessWeek said "shook America's defeatist Establishment out of its gloom." Today, he is an investor in several companies dedicated to enhancing learning opportunities for people of all ages.
In 1982, Mike co-founded the Milken Family Foundation, which supports a broad range of education, public health and medical research programmes. He was called "The Man Who Changed Medicine" by Fortune magazine for his four decades of accelerating progress against all life-threatening diseases. Mike founded FasterCures to remove barriers to progress against all life-threatening diseases; he joined with leading physicians in launching the Melanoma Research Alliance. He chairs the Milken Institute, whose annual Global Conference brings 3,500 leaders from 50 nations to Los Angeles. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. is named in recognition of a gift from the Institute. Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with highest distinction, and earned his MBA from the Wharton School. He and his wife Lori have been married since 1968 and have three children and nine grandchildren. More information is at www.mikemilken.com