Technology investor and philanthropist Yuri Milner is completely fascinated with science. In fact, this immigrant was named after Yuri Gagarin, the first person to go into outer space. Before moving to the United States, Milner worked as a theoretical physicist. After moving to the United States and attending Wharton Business School, he changed fields and became a successful investor.


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Milner is the current founder and CEO of DST Global. This highly-successful tech company is one of the world’s largest and most successful. Even though Milner is securely grounded in the tech field, he still loves science and all the mysteries of the universe.

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In 2015, the late scientist Stephen Hawking — also a mentor — launched several space programs that focused on that age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Milner says he certainly intends to find out. His $100 million astronomical initiative Breakthrough Listen uses the world’s most powerful telescopes to find life in other parts of the galaxy.
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Milner says he is very serious about finding other life forms. The issue is finding parts of the universe where life can flourish. He says the goal is to develop technology that can find oxygenated planets in the solar system. The program has a full team of experts and eminent scientists who are experts in their respective fields.

He has also worked with Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, Priscilla Chan, and Mark Zuckerberg on math and science programs. His Yuri and Julia Milner Foundation have raised hundreds of millions toward the study of science. Refer to this page for additional information.