When Adam Milstein and his wife Gila established the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in 2000, they did so because of their strong zeal to impact on the lives of young Jewish professionals. At that point, they had realized that the young generation had lost touch with their culture and they felt the need to reignite it. They knew they had embarked on a philanthropic journey that was going to be a lifetime job. It never occurred to Adam that close to two decades later, he would be honored for his remarkable influence.
When the list of the top 200 leading philanthropists based on their social media influence was released, Adam was probably going on with his daily activities, unaware of the honor he was about to receive. Being No.187 alongside other prominent personnel like Bill and Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey among others is not something to be taken for granted.
Milstein feels honored to have been part of the list as he belies that his philanthropic work is a crucial part of his life. In his message after the award, he was keen to thank his wife, the IAC and all organizations that agreed to partner with him in making a difference.
Adam Milstein’s early life
Born in 1950, Adam Milstein spent his early years like any other Israeli child. At age 21, he enrolled into the Israeli Defense Forces for his mandatory service. After Adam had left the service, he went to the Israeli Institute of Technology; where he undertook a Bachelor’s in business and economics. While in college, he helped his father run their real estate construction company. He graduated in 1978. After finishing his degree, Milstein started working as a sales agent in a commercial real estate firm. His quest for education was later to lead him into enrolling for a master’s degree in Business Administration which he attained in 1983.
Adam is a family man, having married his wife Gila in 1974. By the time the couple moved to the U.S, they already had two children. Their third daughter was born after they relocated. Today, they have one granddaughter and two grandsons; who they live with in Encino, CA.