About George Soros
George Soros is one of the world’s famous philanthropists, having donated over $12 billion to charity work. His organization supports individuals and agencies across the world to advocate for accountable government, freedom of expression, transparency, and promote justice and equality. George Soros’ donations often focus on people facing discrimination. He supports groups representing Europe’s Roma people, and others advocating for human rights such as LGBTI people, sex workers, and drug users.George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930. He lived through the Nazi occupation of 1944 and 1945, which resulted in the murder of nearly half a million Hungarian Jews. George Soros’ family survived by concealing their background and securing false identity papers. In 1947, Soros left Budapest for London where he would work as a night-club waiter and rail porter to support his studies at the London School of Economics.
In 1956, he moved to the United States where he made his fortune in the world of investment and finance.Later on, in 1970, George Soros founded Soros Fund Management, his first hedge fund and made his way up to become one the most influential investors in the United States.George Soros leveraged his success in the world of finance and investment to create the Open Society Foundations. It comprises of a network of projects, foundations, and partners in around the world. Its name and mission reflect George Soros’ perception about the philosophy of Karl Popper, a philosophy he encountered at the London School of Economics. One of the approaches at the Open Society Foundations is to allow for freedom of expression, democratic governance, and respect for individual rights.George Soros philanthropic journey began in 1979 when he gave scholarships to black South Africans under the apartheid.
He would provide photocopiers to reprint banned texts as a way of facilitating the exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. Over the years, George Soros has provided school fees for thousands of promising students from marginalized communities. In fact, Soros has gone beyond his foundation by supporting independent organizations such as the International Crisis, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Global Witness, and the European Council on Foreign Relations.Today, Soros continues to actively participate in the initiatives of the Open Society Foundations, traveling widely to advocate for policies to transform the world’s leadership. Throughout his philanthropic legacy, George Soros commits to battling the world’s most intractable problems. He focuses on issues for which a complete solution might never be found. George Soros’ success in financial markets has given him a degree of independence. That independence has helped him to propel his ventures to greater heights and support other humanitarian organizations.