Mike Milken’s new book chronicles his personal journey and 50 years of progress in medical research and public health.


“An extraordinary and inspiring book.”

Dean Ornish, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

“He really did make the world healthier for all of us.”

Eric Schmidt, former CEO, Google

“A primer on leadership from the brilliant mind of Mike Milken”

Karen Knudsen, CEO, American Cancer Society

“I loved the book and its insights.”

James Allison, PHD, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 2018

Faster Cures gives us all hope for a brighter future.”

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP

“This is a book of hope and inspiration.”

Deepak Chopra MD, bestselling author


Michael Milken has been uniquely successful in creating value, whether measured in lives saved (Fortune magazine called him “The Man Who Changed Medicine”), students inspired (Forbes said he is an education visionary), or jobs created. Beginning in 1969, he and his colleagues financed thousands of 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. After two decades of actively supporting medical research, he became a patient in 1993 when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Over the last three decades, he has increased his focus on making the research process more effective and efficient.

Fortune magazine wrote, “No one had ever really pulled together the full picture of how – and how much – (Milken) has shaken up the medical establishment and saved lives. Now thousands are living longer – and leaders everywhere are taking notice.” Milken’s 2023 memoir, Faster Cures: Accelerating the Future of Health, documents his lifetime of work in the field.

He also chairs the Milken Institute, a widely respected think tank whose annual Global Conference brings 4,000 leaders from 50 nations to Los Angeles. Other annual conferences are held in London, Washington, DC, Singapore, and the Middle East. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University was renamed in recognition of an Institute gift. 

Milken graduated from Berkeley with highest honors and earned his MBA at the Wharton School. He and his wife, Lori, have been married since 1968. They have three children and ten grandchildren.


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