George Soros, one of the leading philanthropists in the world has given more than $12 billion. Through his generous contributions, organizations around the world as well as individuals have been able to fight for freedoms of expression, transparency, equality and accountability. He has been a supporter of those who have been discriminated on grounds of what they do or what they are. He has supported drug users, LGBTI and sex workers.
Soros, who was born in Hungary, experienced this kind of discrimination living through the Nazi occupation that led to deaths of thousands of Hungarian Jews. Soros and his family were able to get false papers and help others do the same to avoid persecution and death. Soros went to London where he worked as a waiter and railway porter. He worked hard to raise money for his ‘London School of Economics’ tuition. He emigrated to US in 1956 and began working in the investment sector where he grew manifold. His hedge fund, which he started in 1970, became so successful that it pushed him to renown among US business communities ‘who is who’.
He started ‘Open Society Foundations’, a network bringing together world foundations and partners. Soros is influenced by Karl Popper’s philosophy which indicates that ‘no ideology is final in the arbitration of truth’. It advocates for ‘freedom of expression ‘human rights respect and democratic governance. Soros was first involved in philanthropy when in 1979 he gave scholarships to South Africans suffering under apartheid rule. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.
Respected and Dreaded in Equal Measure
George, who is 86 years old, is seen by leftists as a rich man supporting causes that are favored by liberals as well. The right wing individuals on the other hand view him as nefarious and dangerous, notwithstanding a lack of evidence. He is seen as a puppet master who controls, secretly though, the global politics and economics. Since his rise as a hedge fund manager, Soros has had conspiracy theorists on his case. Soros’ outright support for groups seeking to block ‘George .W. Bush’s re-election brought him more attention He criticized the Iraq war, something that made him supporters and detractors. He still speaks out for migrants and oppressed people.
Though George Soros is criticized for his political involvement, the Koch brothers, who are leftists, are known to donate to republican causes according to Timothy Melley, a professor at Miami University. In his native Hungary, laws have been passed to close one of the University’s Soros opened in Budapest and this has caused protests. He is wrongly accused of being against the euro and termed as an ‘enemy of the euro’
While many of his detractors see him as a schemer, his foundation is steadfast in its social justice commitment. It has spent over $1.6 billion on ‘democratic developments’ across Eastern Europe. Soros, like any other liberal, is hoping Trump is not reelected. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com.