George Soros is a renowned businessman and entrepreneur in the United States and across the globe. He is the owner of Open Society Foundations which is a philanthropic organization that assists people from different countries all over the world. George is a strong believer in standing for what is right and having the proper channels has made him push for proper governance, accountability, and rights of individuals. Open Society Foundations mainly stands for equality and justice, freedom of expression and human rights, democracy, and an accountable government. Apart from these, they also promote education opportunities through providing school fees for deserving students without discrimination.
The giving of George Soros through his organization has been directed towards the oppressed in the society. Some of the people he has supported include LGBTI and Roma people, drug users and even sex workers among others. George Soros experienced discrimination first hand when he lived through the Nazi era in Hungary. During this time, more than half a million Jews were killed in Hungary. Luckily, George and his family managed to escape this season by obtaining false papers that hid their true identities. They managed to assist others during the same period. After the war in Hungary, George Soros gathered his belongings in 1947 and moved to London where he worked two jobs to raise funds for his school fees at the London School of Economics. In the search for greener pastures, he moved to the United States in 1956 to begin his career in the investments and finance industry. This is where he made his fortune.
Years after, he had gathered enough to start the Soros Fund Management, a hedge fund. Due to the success of this hedge fund among others, George Soros became one of the top investors in the United States. As his fortune grew further, George founded the Open Society Foundations, which is made up of various projects and partners all over the world. The name of this Foundation and what they work towards is a reflection of what George thinks about the Karl Popper philosophy. In 1979, Soros started giving back to the community. He started off by offering scholarships to the people under apartheid in South Africa. He went ahead to grow the exchange of ideas openly in Hungary. He also supported initiatives that allowed open interactions and academics. George Soros played a big part in the Central European University after the Berlin Wall fall. He later expanded his giving to Africa, Asia, and the United States among others with the bid to promote transparency, accountability, and democracy.
He has been donating the money to Open Society Foundations in chunks every year. When a cumulative figure was required, it was found that he had channeled over 18 billion dollars towards the work of this Foundation. He has been able to reach out and help the work of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, International Crisis Group, European Council on Foreign Relations and Global Witness. Apart from his social giving, he has also given huge sums of money to the Democrats in support of what they stand for. He continues to work towards policy changes that are positive and beneficial to people all over the world.
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