George Soros is a billionaire hedge fund manager that is as well known for his work in the financial industry as he is for his work as a champion of progressive politics. Soros has become something synonymous to the boogeyman according to members of the right wing of the political spectrum, but the truth is that he is closer to a financially borne Bill Gates. Soros has spent the bulk of his career establishing one of the most prolific charities in the world, the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations is focused on bringing about social justice, democratic change, and transparent governance to as many countries as possible. Soros recently made headlines with a stunning $18 BILLION donation to his charity. Let’s learn a little bit about George Soros see just why his charity means so much.
To fully appreciate the donations that George Soros has been pushing toward the Open Society Foundations, you should at least know a little bit more about the man himself. George Soros currently lives in New York City and he has been in the United States of America for over 60 years now. Soros was actually born and raised in Hungary but he was forced to flee his home-country during the dreadful tragic Nazi occupation of 1944. Over the span of a single year, Nazi forces managed to kill and capture over half of a million Hungarian born Jews. Soros and his family were lucky to escape, but they only left after helping others to flee persecution. Soros and his family would emigrate to London and it would be there that Soros would go to school and learn the different facets of Karl Popper’s Open Society.
As a hedge fund manager, George Soros is nearly unrivaled. As a philanthropist and progressive idealist, there are no people more well known than Soros. Soros found success throughout his life as an investor but his most monumental decision was made in the ’70s when he decided to found the Open Society Foundations. The goal of the OSF was to help bring about social justice, freedom of expression, and democracy to every corner of the globe. Soros and the OSF have focused on helping places like Africa during Apartheid, the entire world during the 2014 Ebola scare, and even the United States in its march toward marriage equality. For an organization like the Open Society Foundation to have success, it needs to have capital. Soros decided to take fundraising under his own wing as he has, over the past two years, donated nearly $18 billion to his philanthropy.
The first of George’s big donations came in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking win on election night in 2016. Soros said in November of 2016, “We must do something to push back against what’s happening here.” Soros went on to explain that “dark forces” had been awakened while citing the dramatic surge in hate crimes throughout the country. Now, Soros has donated so much that he has actually fallen down Forbe’s list for the wealthy. The OSF will continue to operate at a high capacity and the future is brighter because of it. and Follow him Twitter.com