Yuri Milner – Founding of the Breakthrough Foundations

Technology and sciences are advancing the way we live in this world. And there are many of philanthropists who are working to advance this field in anyway they can. One such man is Yuri Milner, who has become one of the planet’s most successful entrepreneurs through early investments. With a net worth of approximately $7.3 billion, Yuri also uses these funds to help those also interested in his lifelong passion for science.

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Yuri Milner has founded and has invested millions of dollars into the Breakthrough Foundation. This foundation oversees various projects that champion innovation and research, reward established as well as emerging scientists, as well as furthering humanity’s search for extraterrestrial life. The Breakthrough Foundation offers three main projects: the Breakthrough Prize, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, and the Breakthrough Initiatives. Yuri also has a history of philanthropic work through the Giving Pledge, have passions for science and innovation, as well as outer space.

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The Breakthrough Prize, also referred to as “the Oscars of Science,” recognizes work done by leading figures in fundamental sciences. Those who ask the biggest questions about life. The prize has three categories that each offer a prize of $3 million dollars. The categories are: Fundamental Physics, Life Science, and Mathematics. There is also the New Horizons Prizes which award $100,000 to early-career physicists and mathematicians. The $50,000 Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize rewards female mathematicians who have just recently earned their PhDs.


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There is also the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. This competition invites ambitious teens to take on science’s biggest topics. The reward being life-changing financial contributions for their future of their education and their school. This reward consists of a $250,000 college scholarship, a new science lab for their school worth $100,000, as well as a $50,000 reward for a teacher who inspired them.

The Breakthrough Initiatives provides a boost to the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (SETI) which brings together leading experts and earth’s citizens to generate new and exciting ideas. This initiative offers space science programs, featuring different benefits and studies to each one. Yuri is an Israeli entrepreneur with a passion for investing in technology and science philanthropy. He believes that providing extra funds where needed will contribute substantially to the progress of science everywhere. Through Yuri, his passion, and his philanthropy, millions have been given to advance curiosity, science, and humanity.