Adam Milstein has a lot of responsibilities in his personal and professional life as a successful businessmanand an active philanthropist. As the chairman of the Israeli-American Council in which he co-founded, he is working tirelessly to improve relations between Israel and the United States. With his wife as a partner, he leads many efforts with his philanthropical organization the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation.
In the Jewish community in the United States, Adam Milstein has proven himself to be a leader. He is on the board of many other organizations that support the nation of Israel and its people whether they are living in the country or not. In the business world, he is known as a real estate investor. He is located in Los Angeles and acts as a managing partner for Hager Pacific Properties. Hager Pacific Properties is valued at more than $1 billion and owns at least 100 properties in the United States.
Adam Milstein came from rather humble beginnings as a native of Israel. He was born in Haifa in 1952, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean around 50 miles to the north of Tel Aviv. While his father worked in real estate development, his mother acted as a housewife in order to take care of his family. When Adam Milstein was 19 years old, he made the decision to join the Israeli Defense Forces so he could protect the country that he cared so deeply about.
After his time in the service during the Yom Kippur War, he was able to marry his wife Gila who has worked with him in his charitable efforts from the start. The pair both share a sense of pride and love for the nation of Israel and strive to protect and strengthen the nation and its people. The two have proven themselves to be an impressive power couple whose goals and aspirations align perfectly. Adam Milstein and Gila moved to the United State in 1981 after graduation from the Israel Institute of Technology with a Business Management degree in 1978. Upon reaching the United States, he attended the University of Southern California.
Peter Briger is among the key executives at the Fortress Investment Group LLC. He is the co-chairman and the principal of the company and hence he is among the key decision makers. He has held the position of the co-chairmanship of the group since 2009. Fortress Investment Group is one of the largest and a leading global investment manager which provides alternative management options to other companies. The Company manages assets which are approximated to be worth over $43 billion. Briger has served as the member of the board of directors of the Fortress Group since 2016. He has also been a member of the Management Committee of the company since 2002. His key responsibility is to manage credit and real estate business at the company.
Peter Briger had a rich experience with other companies prior to joining the Fortress Investment Group. He worked for over sixteen years with the Goldman Sachs & company. in 1996, he became officially the partner of Goldman. He also worked with the Tipping Point which was a nonprofit organization which was based in San Francisco. Briger has also worked with the Caliber Schools as a board member. His rich work experience in the past has therefore played a big role in his status in the Fortress Investment Group. Briger has been working for many years in his career. As a result, the Forbes magazine has ranked him among the billionaires in the business world. He is in position 962 among the World’s billionaires and he is worth $ 1.2 billion. He is among the top 400 business professionals across the globe. At just 44, he has achieved so much.
Peter Briger attended the University of Princeton where he graduated with a degree in Associate Arts. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business for his MBA. Bridger is also a great philanthropist. He has dedicated most of his funds and time to many philanthropic activities across the world. He is a board member of various organizations which are running philanthropic activities. For instance, he is a board member of the Princeton University Investment Company, Hospital for Special Surgery, Global Fund for Children and the Central Park Conservancy. Peter Berger is a great fanatic of mother nature and has spent over $600 millions of his cash in renovation and maintenance of the Central Park in New York. He has also worked with various organizations across the world towards the provision of education and poverty eradication.
George Soros is a man who has many reputations, depending on who you approach. Born and raised in Nazi-occupied Hungary, George Soros learned the hard way that life can be difficult when people in power subjugate the people below them. Soros made it his mission to survive, get educated, and make a difference for people around the world. Soros is a passionate progressive, a world renowned philanthropist, and one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States. Soros is also enemy #1 to most people who sit on the right wing in the political world. Perhaps, that is why so many people are taking notice with Soros returning to politics.
The 2016 Presidential Election was potentially the most contentious one we’ve seen in generations. Nominee Donald Trump brought vitriol and populism to the forefront of political discourse, all while promising to destroy the progressive values that George Soros spent his entire life cultivating. So it should surprise nobody that Soros decided to jump into the arena in order to try and stop Trump from gaining ground. George Soros threw in with Hillary Clinton as well as the rest of the Democrats as he started to bring in cash to raise for the campaigns. Soros would end up donating almost $25 million in order to get the Clinton and Democratic arm of politics into full swing. Michael Vachon, adviser to George Soros, said: “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high. They were high even before Trump became the nominee because of the hostility on the other side.”
Bringing George Soros back into politics shouldn’t be much of a surprise in an election season that was, remarkably, highly difficult to project. Soros would donate to several high profile and important Super PACs along the way: ‘Immigrant Voters Win, Voting Rights Trust, and Clinton’s own Priorities USA Action. With these donations in tow the Democrats were able to shore up their ability in several key areas. Still, Donald Trump won the Presidency but it may have cost him his base of support along the way. Read this story about George at politico.com
Outside of politics, George Soros is beholden to pushing progressive values and helping people everywhere. Soros most notably helped to fund the Ferguson Protests, albeit indirectly, that was held back in 2015. The Ferguson Protests took over national attention for weeks as people took to the stage to voice their displeasure at the slaying of Michael Brown by Officer Wilson. These protests were made possible by Soros and his direct support for grassroots campaigns all across the nation. Read his profile at Washington Times.
The Open Society Foundations is Soros’ most important project as it is a philanthropic arm that seeks to help bring progressive values around the world and at home. Soros would go on to donate more than $30 million to grassroots activists in Ferguson and that money would be integral in keeping the protests in national attention. As a result we are now having a more important dialogue than ever regarding social inequality, racial profiling, and true justice.
I have known about the former President of the AmWay Group, Dick DeVos for a number of years because of his impressive business record that has allowed the business founded by his father, Richard, to flourish in the 21st century. What I was less aware of has been the level of philanthropic giving I read about in an article from MLive that revealed Dick and his Secretary of Education wife, Betsy have given around $139 million to various good causes across the course of their lifetime to become some of the biggest individual philanthropists in the U.S.
I believe it is also impressive that the entire DeVos family have been involved in creating a successful group of philanthropists who have rarely given such a detailed glimpse into their often secretive philanthropic work; I do not know why the DeVos family chooses to keep their philanthropic giving a secret as they have become some of the biggest donors in the world. From a family fortune estimated at $5.3 billion the family as a whole have provided donations totaling an estimated $1.33 billion across their lives. I believe family plays an important role in the philanthropy of the DeVos family and I was happy to read Dick and Betsy have been including their own children in the decision about where the funds provided should be donated; in many ways, Dick DeVos is looking to make sure his philanthropy remains relevant in the 21st century and seeking to encourage his own children to give something back to the people of the world who remain in need.
Most of us were already aware of the work Betsy DeVos has completed as an educational specialist who has pushed for the cause of education reform to become a major part of the international discussion. Within the MLive article I was pleased to read that in 2015 alone Dick and Betsy DeVos had given around $3 million to educational causes to help as many children in the U.S. to get the best possible education available to them. I find myself in agreement with Dick DeVos as he talks about the problems individual family’s face in seeing their children’s educational opportunities limited by their zip code, which can limit access to even the idea of achieving the American dream.