The Milton Friedman Prize


May 25, 2016 • Waldorf Astoria New York • 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY

The Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, named in honor of perhaps the greatest champion of liberty in the 20th century, is presented every other year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to advance human freedom. The prize, a cash award of $250,000, will be presented at the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty’s Biennial Dinner on May 25, 2016 at the Waldof Astoria New York. Details about the dinner, including a reservation form, will be posted in the near future.

Nominations for the 2016 Friedman Prize award can be made here.

The late Nobel laureate Milton Friedman agreed in 2001 to lend his name to the prize, which has become the leading international award for acknowledging contributions to the promotion of individual liberty. In a statement at the time he said: “Those of us who were fortunate enough to live and be raised in a reasonably free society tend to underestimate the importance of freedom. We tend to take it for granted. It has made us in the West more complacent, so having a prize emphasizing liberty is extremely important.” Dr. Friedman died in 2006.

Members of the public are able to make nominations online here

Members of International Selection Committee for the 2016 Prize:

Gurcharan Das
Former CEO
Procter & Gamble India

Peter Goettler
Cato Institute

Karen Horn
Former Economics Editor
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ethelmae Humphreys
Chairman of the Board
TAMKO Building Products, Inc.

Giancarlo Ibárgüen
Member of the Board of Trustees
Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala

John Mackey
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market

Herman Mashaba
Former Chairman
Free Market Foundation
South Africa

Ruth Richardson
Former Minister of Finance
New Zealand

Vernon Smith
Nobel Laureate
Professor of Economics and Law
Chapman University

For further information about the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty’s Biennial Dinner, please contact Jenna Huhn at jhuhn [at] or 202-218-4617.

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