Big Shots: Michael Milken


The latest Big Shot to sit down for a conversation with Giselle Fernandez does things especially, well, big. In the years since he surpassed the U.S. record for personal income in the late 1980s Michael Milken has applied his economic acumen and his fortune to making the world better—by funding philanthropies dedicated to medical research and curing diseases, by providing opportunities for students and teachers, by encouraging philanthropic giving and community service, and by creating The Milken Institute and its global conference, a forum for thought leadership held annually in Los Angeles.

In his on-camera Q&A with Fernandez, he opens up about the economic benefits of immigration reform, how finance theory can ease racial tensions, his childhood dream of leading the country’s space program, and his surprise encounter with the man who changed the course of his life.

In this highlight he talks about the importance of the emerging Latino market to our country’s future:

Here he talks about the financial benefits of immigration reform:


Here he details the financial benefits of immigration reform:


And in this clip Milken discusses the implications of the growing wealth gap between classes:


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