All American Entertainment Named to Inc. Best Workplaces in 2022. Read more
AAE Named to Inc. Best Workplaces in 2022. Read more
Click to Open Search Bar

Yuri Milner

Founder of DST Global

REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

Yuri Milner Biography

Yuri Milner, Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist whose innovative investment techniques and prescient awareness of the commercial potential of the Internet revolutionized venture-capital investment strategies in the 2010s.

Milner grew up in a Jewish family in Moscow. His father, a university professor, wrote or edited some 50 books on American business-management practices. His mother was a physician. As a teenager Milner took night courses in computer programming. After earning a degree in theoretical physics from Moscow State University (B.A./B.S., 1985), he pursued a Ph.D. in particle physics. While a graduate student, he found success selling personal computers on the gray (quasi-legal) market and, with his father’s support, abandoned physics in 1990 to undertake M.B.A. studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Although he did not complete that degree, he went on to work for three years in the financial sector branch of the World Bank.

Upon his return in the mid-1990s to Moscow, Milner sought a place in post-Soviet Russia’s emerging capitalist economy, working first for influential oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Alliance-Menatep brokerage firm. In 1998 Milner and other investors bought a macaroni manufacturer and transformed it into a very successful concern. The next year, Milner cofounded a venture capital firm, NetBridge, and began investing in Russian Internet companies. When the Internet bubble burst in 2000–01, NetBridge merged with Port.ru, which, as Mail.ru, became one of Russia’s most successful Internet companies. Milner was its chief executive officer (2001–03). In 2005 Milner cofounded the holding company Digital Sky Technologies, which acquired control of Mail.ru and between 2005 and 2011 invested some $1 billion in more than two dozen businesses.

During this time Milner founded DST Global and began broadening his investment horizon further. In 2009 he shocked Silicon Valley when he bought a 2 percent stake in Facebook for DST and Mail.ru for $200 million, more than two years before the social network’s initial public offering. Not only was Milner’s buy-in widely considered to be wildly overvalued, but he also abjured the perks usually considered prerequisites for such early-stage investment, most notably a seat on the company’s board. By 2010, however, as online social networks skyrocketed in popularity, the value of Milner’s concerns’ initial investment had swelled to about $1 billion (a total investment of $800 million yielded a value of about $5 billion by 2011). By making similar well-timed early investments in other Internet companies—including group discounter Groupon, gaming company Zynga, music provider Spotify, and microblogging service Twitter—Milner watched his personal fortune grow to an estimated $1.1 billion by 2013.

Videos
News
  • Russian billionaire Yuri Milner begins $100 million search of the universe

    NEW YORK — The search to infinity and beyond begins now. At an event at the One World Observatory in New York, Russian billionaire and tech investor Yuri Milner announced an $100 million research and engineering program called Breakthrough Starshot that will seek to create tiny devices that travel 100 million miles per hour within the next 20 years. The mission: capture more images about...

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Yuri Milner?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Yuri Milner for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Yuri Milner, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Yuri Milner or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Yuri Milner?

    Booking fees for Yuri Milner, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Yuri Milner, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Yuri Milner?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Yuri Milner for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Yuri Milner for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Yuri Milner or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Yuri Milner or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
Check Availability

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

Founder of DST Global

Travels From:
Speaking Fee:

Yuri Milner Biography

Yuri Milner, Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist whose innovative investment techniques and prescient awareness of the commercial potential of the Internet revolutionized venture-capital investment strategies in the 2010s.

Milner grew up in a Jewish family in Moscow. His father, a university professor, wrote or edited some 50 books on American business-management practices. His mother was a physician. As a teenager Milner took night courses in computer programming. After earning a degree in theoretical physics from Moscow State University (B.A./B.S., 1985), he pursued a Ph.D. in particle physics. While a graduate student, he found success selling personal computers on the gray (quasi-legal) market and, with his father’s support, abandoned physics in 1990 to undertake M.B.A. studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Although he did not complete that degree, he went on to work for three years in the financial sector branch of the World Bank.

Upon his return in the mid-1990s to Moscow, Milner sought a place in post-Soviet Russia’s emerging capitalist economy, working first for influential oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Alliance-Menatep brokerage firm. In 1998 Milner and other investors bought a macaroni manufacturer and transformed it into a very successful concern. The next year, Milner cofounded a venture capital firm, NetBridge, and began investing in Russian Internet companies. When the Internet bubble burst in 2000–01, NetBridge merged with Port.ru, which, as Mail.ru, became one of Russia’s most successful Internet companies. Milner was its chief executive officer (2001–03). In 2005 Milner cofounded the holding company Digital Sky Technologies, which acquired control of Mail.ru and between 2005 and 2011 invested some $1 billion in more than two dozen businesses.

During this time Milner founded DST Global and began broadening his investment horizon further. In 2009 he shocked Silicon Valley when he bought a 2 percent stake in Facebook for DST and Mail.ru for $200 million, more than two years before the social network’s initial public offering. Not only was Milner’s buy-in widely considered to be wildly overvalued, but he also abjured the perks usually considered prerequisites for such early-stage investment, most notably a seat on the company’s board. By 2010, however, as online social networks skyrocketed in popularity, the value of Milner’s concerns’ initial investment had swelled to about $1 billion (a total investment of $800 million yielded a value of about $5 billion by 2011). By making similar well-timed early investments in other Internet companies—including group discounter Groupon, gaming company Zynga, music provider Spotify, and microblogging service Twitter—Milner watched his personal fortune grow to an estimated $1.1 billion by 2013.

Yuri Milner Videos

  • Web 2.0 Summit 2010: Yuri Milner, "A Conversation with Yuri Milner ...
  • Backstage with Yuri Milner - YouTube
  • DST Global Founder Yuri Milner's Winning Method - YouTube

FAQs on booking Yuri Milner

  • How to book Yuri Milner?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Yuri Milner for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Yuri Milner, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Yuri Milner or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Yuri Milner?

    Booking fees for Yuri Milner, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Yuri Milner, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Yuri Milner?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Yuri Milner for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Yuri Milner for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Yuri Milner or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Yuri Milner or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Yuri Milner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Yuri Milner for your event is available upon request. Yuri Milner generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jacob Boersma, Kristina Salen, Robert Swan, Jason Black and Arielle Zuckerberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yuri Milner for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Yuri Milner Speaker Videos

  • Web 2.0 Summit 2010: Yuri Milner, "A Conversation with Yuri Milner ...
    Backstage with Yuri Milner - YouTube
  • DST Global Founder Yuri Milner's Winning Method - YouTube
    Yuri Milner - One Entangled Evening - YouTube

Yuri Milner News

  • Russian billionaire Yuri Milner begins $100 million search of the universe

    NEW YORK — The search to infinity and beyond begins now. At an event at the One World Observatory in New York, Russian billionaire and tech investor Yuri Milner announced an $100 million research and engineering program called Breakthrough Starshot that will seek to create tiny devices that travel 100 million miles per hour within the next 20 years. The mission: capture more images about...

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Yuri Milner

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

TOP

The 2022 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report