George Soros has become one of the leading political contributors in the country for Democrats but has also been one of the leading philanthropists of his time. He has contributed more than $12 billion dollars to organizations that fight for and defend freedom of expression and accountable governments, and also fight for transparency and societies that protect the right of justice and equality. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.
George Soros has based some of his giving on groups that have increasingly faced intolerance including Europe’s Roma people, drug users, sex workers and those in the LGBTI community worldwide. George Soros has also faced discrimination first hand as a child.
George Soros was born and raised in 1930s Hungary and managed to survive the Nazi occupation of 1944-1945, which led to the death of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews. George Soros and his family survived by obtaining fake identification papers, lying about their background and helping others escape as well. George Soros left Hungary in 1947, when the Communists began consolidating power. He moved away to London, where he studied at the London School of Economics, while working as a railway porter and night-club waiter.
In 1970, George Soros decided to emigrate to the United States, where he became one of the most successful investors in U.S. history. In New York, George Soros launched his hedge fund, the Soros Fund Management, making him extremely successful. George Soros then used his wealth to open up the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations is a collective o foundations, partners and projects spread out over 100 countries. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.
In 1979, George Soros became strongly engaged in philanthropy and gave scholarships to blacks living under apartheid in South Africa. In the late 1980s, George Soros defended the share of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, George Soros launched the Central European University, which was a school that stimulated critical thinking. Following the end of the Cold War, George Soros expanded his work to the United States, Africa and Asia. He is one of a few philanthropists who has fought back against the “war on drugs” saying it is harmful and not helpful.
As Soros continues to get older, he remains active with the Open Society Foundations, advocating for positive change with global leaders in private and publicly. George Soros has become a strong financial backer of several organizations including the Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.