Michael Milken

CATEGORY: Billionaires

INDUSTRY: Finance/


COMPANY: Milken Family Foundation /Milken Institute / Melanoma Research Alliance

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Responsible for creating the market for junk bonds during the 1970s and 1980s, this financier spent a brief stint in prison for finance-related charges, and since his release has donated more than $1 billion to medical research. He currently has a net worth of $2 billion.

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