While George Soros may be best known as a political contributor to Democratic causes and candidates, he has become one of the country’s top philanthropists. He has given away more than $12 billion dollars to numerous causes and organizations. He has financially supported groups and people who defend freedom of expression, are willing to hold government accountable, fight for transparency and those who defend justice and equality.
According to Politico, George Soros has mainly focused his giving towards people groups who have faced discrimination, only because of who they are or what they have done. George Soros continues to support Europe’s Roma people, drug users, sex workers and the LGBTI community. George Soros has faced discrimination firsthand. Read more at Politico about George Soros.
Growing up in Hungary in 1930, George Soros ended up surviving the Nazi occupation of 1944-1945, which saw the annihilation of more than 50,000 Hungarian Jews. George Soros and his family escaped with their lives by using fake identification papers, hiding their background and assisting others to do the same. George Soros later told people “instead of submitting to our fate, we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were—yet we prevailed. Not only did we survive, but we managed to help others.”
As the Communists were gaining power in 1947, George Soros left for London. While in London, he attended the London School of Economics, while also being employed as a railway porter and night club waiter. In 1970, George Soros emigrated to the United States of America.
When George Soros arrived in the United States he opened his own hedge fund, the Soros Fund Management. His hedge fund made him become one of the country’s most successful investors of all time. Soros then used his funds to create the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations is a team of foundations, partners and projects in over 100 countries. According to Politico, George Soros believes that societies are only able to flourish when they allow democracy to blossom, freedom of expression and respect all individuals’ rights. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.
George Soros began his philanthropy work in 1970, awarding scholarships to the Black community living under apartheid. In the 1980s, he turned his focus to those living under the Communist Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, George Soros launched the Central European University, which was a school that focused on stirring up critical thinking. After the Cold War, George Soros reached out his philanthropy work to the United States, Africa and Asia. He even became vocal and criticized the U.S.’ “war on drugs” saying it is more harmful than helpful.
While Soros has gotten older, he still has an active role with the Open Society Foundations. He travels the world, fighting for positive changes and meets with global leaders in private and in public meetings. He also supports organizations such as the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.