Adam Milstein is the quintessential American success story. Born in Haifa, Israel in 1952, the son of parents who immigrated to the fledgling nation after its founding in 1948, Milstein himself became an immigrant in 1981, leaving Israel with his wife and two daughters to come to America.
Israel, however, never left Adam Milstein’s heart and he was driven to pursue success by his desire to serve the Jewish community. A veteran of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Milstein became well-acquainted with both the successes and struggles of the Jewish people. After the war, he worked closely with his father, a real estate developer, while obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from the Israeli Institute of Technology. In 1983, he received a Master of Science degree in business administration from the University of California. Adam Milstein then parlayed his experience and education into more than the American dream of wealth and success, but also into his personal dream of building a life of active philanthropy to benefit the American Jewish community and strengthen the unique bond between the people of the United States and Israel.
Milstein found early success and a pathway to his legacy as a part of the community-committed Hager Pacific Properties, working his way through the ranks from commercial property sales agent to managing partner. In 2000, he and his wife Gila used the fruit of their business success to found the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping members of the Israeli and American Jewish communities deepen their special relationship while exploring their identity and developing lifelong connections to the State of Israel.
In 2017, Adam Milstein found his name on a list of the two-hundred most influential philanthropists and social entrepreneurs of 2017. About sharing this honour with the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Oprah Winfrey, Milstein said, “My philanthropic work is the most important and gratifying parts of my life, and I am honored to be included among so many leaders in this field.”