Ideamensch interviewed a man who’s been named as one of the world’s most influential Jews in a list that includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Senator Chuck Schumer. That man is Adam Milstein, a man born in Israel that’s built a large real estate firm in Los Angeles and has become a philanthropist and active member of several prominent Jewish American councils. Milstein got started in real estate brokering after completing graduate school at USC and Ideamensch wanted to know more of what he did at his company.
Milstein said becoming successful in real estate takes a lot of persistence and he will not stop pushing until he gets the results he wants. He said he had an interest in the field because none of the other business opportunities he was faced with paid well and he felt he could do better than what other prospective employers were offering him. The man he has named as having the most influence on him is his fellow Managing Partner David Hager who describes as being a deep thinking intellectual and someone who knows a lot about international economics and business markets. Milstein says sometimes you have to be willing to do the work alone because you can do more that way than waiting for someone else to do it for you.
Adam Milstein served in the Israeli army before going into business. He was part of Ariel Sharon’s battalion that moved into Egypt during the Yom Kippur War and eventually pushed for the surrender of the Egyptian forces. Milstein joined his father in building framing for a few years after returning from the war and also received a bachelor’s degree from the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology. He completed graduate school in 1981 and entered the commercial real estate field not long after.
Adam Milstein is married to Gila Milstein and has three daughters, two of which were born in Israel and one in the US. The Milstein’s started Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a Hebrew text publishing company aimed at helping Jewish families around the world learn ancient Hebrew and connect with their traditions and heritage. They also support and are personally active in organizations such as StandWithUs, Students Supporting Israel, Israeli-American Council, Hillel International, and AIPAC.