Breakthrough Listen is sponsored by Yuri Milner, a technology investor and science philanthropist.
Originally a theoretical physicist, Milner moved into investment in the early nineties. He is the founder of DST Global, one of the world’s leading investment groups targeting exclusively Internet-related companies, including some of the world's most prominent.
Meanwhile, he retained his passion for science. He and his wife Julia, together with Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Pony Ma, are founding sponsors of the Breakthrough Prizes - the largest scientific awards in the world.
He also funds a suite of space science programs, the Breakthrough Initiatives, exploring the big question of life in the Universe. These include Breakthrough Listen, the most comprehensive search for extraterrestrial signals ever undertaken, which was launched by Milner in 2015, alongside Stephen Hawking, Lord Martin Rees and other luminaries, and is partnered with Berkeley SETI. Another of its programs is Breakthrough Starshot, the first practical attempt to design and build a space probe capable of reaching another star within a generation.
You can find out more at www.yurimilner.com.