Yuri Milner founded Mail.ru Group in 1999 and under his leadership it became one of Europe’s leading internet companies. Yuri took that business public in 2010 and founded DST Global to focus on global internet investments. DST Global became one of the world’s leading technology investors and its portfolio has included some of the world's most prominent internet companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Flipkart and others.
Yuri graduated in 1985 with the advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research in quantum field theory. In 2012 Yuri and Julia Milner, together with Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang launched the Breakthrough Prizes - the largest scientific awards in the world, honoring important, primarily recent, achievements in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. In July 2015 Yuri launched the $100 million Breakthrough Initiatives to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the Universe. Yuri lives in Silicon Valley with his family.