Adam Milstein has once again made a notable list of the world’s most influential individuals and the list includes billionaires, TV personalities, current and former politicians, and athletes and other notable celebrities. He was named at number 39 in the World’s Most Influential Jews page in the Jerusalem Post back in August of 2016, and now he’s made Richtopia’s Top 200 Do Gooders of 2017 according to Businesswire. Milstein worked hard to build a company for over 30 years and he’s also been the founder of several Jewish community activist foundations. He’s given millions to help Jewish Americans and educational organizations such as synagogues and council groups. He also works with groups like the Anti-Defamation League and campus organizations to speak out against anti-Semitism.
Adam Milstein was born in 1952 during the early years of the modern nation of Israel’s establishment. His father had fought in the war of independence back in 1948 and then became a building framer and construction manager. Milstein was in the Isareli armed forces for four years himself and fought in the division led by Ariel Sharon that invaded the mainland of Egypt. Once his military service was completed, he received an education at the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology and also became the husband of Gila Milstein during that time.
Milstein’s professional career began in the early 1980s after graduating with an MBA from the University of Southern California. He began in commercial real estate investing and before long he, David Hager and Robert Neal had built Hager Pacific Properties. The company manages billions in assets today and has a large portfolio of luxurious residential and commercial properties across California, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin.
The Milstein Family Foundation is the parent to several other philanthropies including Sifriyat Pijama B’America which teaches Hebrew to families and includes bedtime stories. Adam Milstein has also founded and serves as president for the Israeli-American Council which hosts national Jewish events and has the goal of strengthening ties between the US and Israel. Other organizations the Milsteins work with include Israel on Campus, Hasbara Fellowships, AIPAC, StandWithUs, Stand By Me and Birthright Israel.