George Soros is one of the leading philanthropists that the world has ever seen. His work through the philanthropic arm of his business, the Open Society Foundations, has been instrumental in promoting change around the world. In fact, the open Society Foundations has given more than $12 billion to progress, pro-democracy, social justice, and equality programs and activists all around the planet. Soros knows firsthand what it means to be beholden by oppressors and he has made it his life mission to fight it as often as he can in as many places as possible.
George Soros was born and raised in Hungary. When he was just a teenager he saw his home country taken over and occupied by the Nazi forces. Soros, a Hungarian born Jew, would watch in horror as friends and family and neighbors were dragged from their homes and killed by the Nazi’s occupying his country. Soros and his family would be lucky enough to flee but nearly half of a million Jews would end up dead from 1944 to 1945. Soros would end up emigrating to London where he would attend university at the London School of Economics. Soros would work two jobs, a waiter and a porter, in order to work his way through school. Read more at Washington Times.
After graduating from school Soros would eventually leave to America where he would set up shop in New York. Soros’ horrific past was finally behind him and he was ready to focus on the future. He would soon establish his own Hedge Fund and by 1970 he would have enough of a fortune to establish his philanthropic branch. George Soros had helped people firsthand before fleeing Hungary during the occupation, helping to forge documents and sneak Jews out of the country, and he was ready to return to giving back.
The Open Society Foundations has been absolutely pivotal around the world and at home in the U.S.A. The foundation has given relief to Africans suffering during Apartheid. It has also helped the discriminated and persecuted Roma people of Europe. We’ve even seen the Open Society Foundation play a pivotal role in the fight for civil rights and equality here at home in America.
One famous or infamous depending on your political leaning, event that Soros had at least a small hand in was the Ferguson Protests. The Ferguson Protests were centered around the tragic shooting death of an unarmed black suspect named Michael Brown by a white officer, Darren Wilson. Protests went up immediately and it was due in large part to the grassroots activists that the Open Society Foundations had helped to fund over the years. Without Soros’ financial support it is possible that these protests never would have truly taken off. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.