For most of us, the concept of paying it forward began and ended with the credits of a Haley Joel Osment movie. For Miguel "Mike" Fernandez, it's a lifelong lesson.
Mike Fernandez with Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Fernandez, who immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba at 12, started private equity firm MBF Healthcare Partners in Coral Gables in 2005, whose portfolio includes Navarro Discount Pharmacy, and a managed-care company, Simply Healthcare Plans. Simply Healthcare's ventures include a partnership with the University of Miami and Magic Johnson Enterprises to provide services to the HIV/AIDS population in South Florida. Over the years, Fernandez has given more than $125 million to causes focused on health care, education, and more.More »