The Milton Friedman Prize
for Advancing Liberty
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 Biennial Dinner. We hope you will join us next year at Cipriani 42nd Street New York City to honor Milton Friedman’s legacy and recognize our Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty recipient.
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.
- 2018—Las Damas de Blanco, Cuban human‐rights group
- 2016—Flemming Rose, Danish journalist and author
- 2014—Leszek Balcerowicz, Former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Poland
- 2012—Mao Yushi, Chinese economist
- 2010—Akbar Ganji, Exiled Iranian writer and journalist
- 2008—Yon Goicoechea, Leader of a student movement in Venezuela
- 2006—Mart Laar, Former prime minister of Estonia
- 2004—Hernando de Soto, Peruvian economist and property‐rights activist
- 2002—Peter Bauer, British development economist