Founder, DST Global
Yuri Milner is a venture capitalist and founder of DST Global, a global technology investment firm whose portfolio has included Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Flipkart, and others. In 1999, he founded Mail.ru Group, which became one of Europe’s leading Internet companies, and took it public in 2010. In 2012, Milner and his wife joined a group of tech entrepreneurs including Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg to launch the Breakthrough Prizes, large scientific awards honoring achievements in fundamental physics, life sciences, and mathematics. In 2015, Milner launched the $100 million Breakthrough Initiatives to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe.