Every time the world’s famous philanthropists and human rights activists are mentioned, you are sure to come across the name “George Soros”. While many may mistakenly believe that Soros was born into a rich family, the opposite is true. Soros had to work his finger to the bone in order to amass such a great fortune. Born in the Nazi occupied region of Hungary, he witnessed the massacre of 500,000 Jews. Soros family was to be among the dead but they weathered this storm thanks to the courage of their father. Members of Soros family along with other Hungarian Jews managed to secure false identities. In 1947, Soros left his war torn home country and travelled to London to find greener pastures. He managed to pay for his education at the “London School of Economics” by working two jobs: one as a railway porter and the other as a waiter in a club. When he had completed his degree, he departed to U.S. where he ventured into finance.
How Did Soros Amass His Wealth?
In the 1970s Soros established the Soros Fund Management after spending several years studying U.S’s financial sector. This marked the start of a series of calculated investment decisions that saw Soros climb the ladder from an upstart financial newbie to a wealthy financial investor. It is at the height of his success that Soros created the “Open Society Foundations”. These foundations bring together partners and projects from over 100 countries. The main aim of these establishments is to rally for the society’s entitlements such as human rights, democratic governance, and freedom of expression.
George Soros and His Role in the Ferguson Protest Movement
Soros has strong political and ethical standards. His philosophy of a democratic society caused him to support gay marriages, a very bold move in a society where same sex marriages are despicable. In 2015, Soros was at it again when he declared that he would be sponsoring the Ferguson protest movement. The movement was held following a criminal incident that occurred in Missouri. Soros gave $33 million to fund the movement as a means of spurring civil action.
Which Philanthropic Activities Has Soros Been Involved In?
Soros began his first philanthropic activities in the year 1979. He sponsored South African blacks who had been victims of the apartheid system. Later on, he help stump out communism by providing photocopiers to spread banned texts. Soros’ efforts were also crucial in breaking down the Berlin Wall. He is also credited with establishing the “Central European University”. This institute was established to encourage critical thinking in Soviet nations. Soros played a vital role in opening up East and West Europe to the world. He has engaged in philanthropic activities in the U.S., Asia, and Africa.