Alfred Mann Biography

Alfred MannClaim to Fame: Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
DOB: 1925
Quote: "When my success exceeded my expectations, I began to think of a way to return to society what it has given to me."

It is hard to imagine one of the world's richest men, Alfred Mann, growing up poor. This entrepreneur's first business consisted of selling magazines and lemonade in Portland, Oregon during the Great Depression. Mann attended the University of California at Los Angeles, and post graduation, he founded and sold aerospace companies Spectrolab, Heliotek in the 1960s. The money he earned helped him to invest further in some of the world's most innovative biomed firms, including Minimed, a company responsible for revolutionary easy-to-use insulin pumps.

Mann has been using his self-made fortune to create MannKind Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutic products for diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Interested in the future of diabetes care, Mannkind has invested $460 million into ultra fast-acting and inhaled insulin, despite the products being years away from approval.

Mann is also well known for his philanthropic contributions. The Alfred Mann Foundation is dedicated to finding solutions for those suffering from debilitating medical impairments. In addition, the Alfred Mann Institutes have established biotech research labs funded to revolutionize medical devices.

Mann, who resides in Los Angeles, California, is married to Claude Mann and has seven children.

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Last Modified Date: April 10, 2013

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