There has been a new article about well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist George Soros according to Discover The Networks. George Soros made his huge fortune as a hedge fund manager. He has over the years been known for his active roles in both politics and charitable giving. George Soros has tried to bring a positive impact to people’s lives by supporting Democratic candidates, causes, and ideals in both the United States and around the world. He has even played a part in toppling dictators that ruled their countries for years if not decades, and in doing so bringing about democracies on NYTimes.com.
Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930. His family was split up after the Nazis occupied the city in 1944 and he was sent to live with another family. He was able to rejoin his family a year later and they moved to England. A great influence in his life there was the writings of Karl Popper who wrote about open societies and closed societies, and how open societies were far more beneficial to its citizens. George Soros eventually moved to New York, in 1959, and became a stock trader. While living in Greenwich Village he was exposed to leftist ideals by progressive thinkers including Allen Ginsberg and Michael Harrington. In 1973 George Soros Soros co-founded Soros Fund Management which is where he grew his fortune. According to Forbes, George Soros is, with $25.2 billion, the 19th richest person in America.
George Soros has used part of his fortune for many philanthropic causes ever since he began his charitable giving in 1979. Among the first of his causes was building a democracy in his native Hungary, based on the open society concept he learned about while in college. It was after he opened an office in Moscow in in 1987 that he truly opened his coffers, going from giving $3 million a year to $300 million. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s he established foundations throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia that worked to foster democracy and government openness on Biography. The centerpiece of his philanthropy became Open Society Foundations that he uses to provide funding to democratic candidate and causes worldwide. Among these is his 2016 commitment to provide $500 million to companies in the United States that are founded by immigrants and refugees. Among George Soros’ beliefs is that the United States is an oppressive nation, a violator of human rights both home and abroad, and as such is a closed society that does not benefit or value its citizens. He has used his fortune in order to bring attention to these causes and works to turn America into an open society.