Recently Adam Milstein was named to Richtopia’s list of Top 200 Philanthropists around the world, a list that includes many famous celebrities, politicians and businessmen like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Milstein has been able to contribute a lot to Jewish American community groups thanks to his success at Hager Pacific Properties where he is currently Managing Partner. Milstein is the founder of the Milstein Family Foundation and the Israeli-American Council, two organizations which have been the force behind his philanthropy. He had a lot to say to Ideamensch in an interview they had asking him about what he does at Hager Pacific Properties.
Milstein told Ideamensch he had come to graduate school at USC looking for an opportunity that fit his interests and experience, but when none were found he decided to enter commercial real estate. He went on to say that one of the biggest tasks he has is going out on his own to accomplish the necessary tasks, and he believes in not limiting himself to any specific goals to do so. He also says his philanthropy is important to his daily structure, and one of the software platforms he uses to get things done with is Constant Contact.
Adam Milstein is the oldest of three sons raised in a Jewish family that immigrated to Israel in 1948. His early work consisted of building framing, a job that he worked in alongside his father. He also was in the Israeli military from 1971 to 1974 including a tour during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He studied business and economics at the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology and later moved to the US with his wife Gila and their two daughters, though they had another one after the move.
Adam and Gila Milstein began being very active in philanthropy in 2000 when they started the family foundation. They adopted three core philosophies of active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. Most of their interests revolve around promoting strong Israel and US relations and promoting Jewish interests on university campuses. They do also have a lot invested in Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a Hebrew learning course for families.