Holding a Bachelors and Masters Degree in philosophy from the London School of Economics George Soros began his career in the banking industry. The accumulation of his multi-billion dollar personal fortune is the result of his acumen as a hedge fund manager.
Now an American citizen Soros supports liberal and progressive causes. He also makes large contributions to the Democratic Party. His charitable endeavors conducted through his Open Society Foundation involve anti-poverty initiatives, the propagation of greater governmental transparency, and the advancement of education through scholarships provided to students around the world.
Since 1979 the Open Society Foundation has devoted $32 billion dollars to promote democracy around the world. Open Society’s pro-democracy efforts began in South Africa and over the last 30 years has extended to over 100 countries.
In 2014 the Open Society Foundation responded to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by establishing treatment centers. Open Society also works to reduce civil rights violations by law enforcement. With hate crimes on the rise in the United States Soros has earmarked $10 million dollars to combat intolerance based on race, religion or sexual orientation.
George Soros believes that last year’s Presidential election is the root cause of this unfortunate trend. He places the blame on President Trump’s doorstep. In a quote that appeared in the New York Times, he blamed then-candidate Trump’s campaign message for “dark forces that have been awakened”.
George Soros’ beliefs are no doubt the result of having personally experienced oppression and hatred in its most extreme form. Soros was born György Schwartz to Jewish parents in Budapest. Having been born in 1930 he lived through the Nazi occupation of Hungary.
Between military and civilian deaths estimates place the number of Hungarians who died during the occupation at 900,000. A 100,000 of those deaths were the result of the “Final Solution” the Nazi program to eradicate Jews. Soros survived because of a bribe his father paid to an official securing forged documents that listed little György as his Christian stepson. Learn more about George at forbes.com.
Over the course of several years, Soros has infused the Open Society Foundation with personal donations that would ultimately reach the $18 billion mark. These donations went unrecognized until October of this year when the extent of George Soros’ commitment to his values was revealed. Visit The New York Times to learn more about George.
As a record-setting personal donation, Soros’ contribution to his foundation is second only to the monies Bill and Melinda Gates have given to their foundation. Chief executive of the National Philanthropic Trust Eileen Heisman observed, “Given America’s place in the world right now, I think he’s making an enormous statement”.