Alya and Gary K. Michelson

  • Joined the Giving Pledge: 03/01/2016 - Read the Letter
  • Estimated Net Worth: $1.6 billion
  • Estimated Lifetime Giving: $300 million
  • Forbes Rank: #1121
  • Industry: Medical Devices; Medicine
  • Born: 1949
  • Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Gary Karlin Michelson is a surgeon and inventor of spinal and orthopedic medical devices. In 2005 Michelson's company, Karlin Technology, sold its more than 250 US patents, and more than 900 worldwide patents and patents pending, to Medtronic, the medical device company, for $1.35 billion. His company is now held in trust to benefit Michelson's philanthropic work, which includes supporting innovations in medicine and bioscience as well as promoting the welfare of pets and incentivizing research into animal population control through the Michelson Prize for Reproductive Biology. In 2010 Michelson launched the 20 Million Minds Foundation to improve post-secondary and vocational education access and affordability.

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God blessed me with the unlikely opportunity ... the chance to somehow now travel the road that I had not taken. As for the money it cannot all be for us. It must be purposed to do some good in the world. Perhaps to make life a little less unfair.

Gary K. Michelson, M.D.

Giving Interests

Animal Welfare; Biomedicine; Education; Medical Research

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