George Soros is the foremost philanthropists in this world with sharing above $12 billion till date for philanthropy word. His funding has supported organizations and individuals globally who are fighting for transparency, freedom societies and of expression and accountable government which promotes equality and justice. This charity usually focused on those who face discrimination for who they’re. He supported groups representing Roma people from Europe and others who are struggling to the margins of typical society, such as LGBTI people, drug users and much more.
George has experienced such type of intolerance directly. He was born in 1930 in Hungary, and he lived through Nazi occupation between 1944 and 45. As the Communists united power in Hungary after that war, Soros left Budapest and fly to the London, working as a nightclub waiter and a railway porter as part-time to support his education from the School of Economics in London.
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In 1956, he immigrated to the America, entering the world of investments and finance, where he was destined to make his fortune. In 1970, to achieve his dream, he launched a hedge fund, known as Soros Fund Management, and moved on to become the most successful investors in the United States.
George used his fortune to create an Open Society Foundations, a network of partners, foundations, and projects in over 100 countries. George’s work and the name reflect the influence on Soros’s philosophy of the thinking of Karl Popper, which George first encountered while he was studying economics in London. In his book, Popper argues that no ideology or philosophy is a final arbiter of truth, and societies can flourish when they agree with freedom of expression, democratic governance, and respect for distinct rights, it is an approach of Open Society Foundations.
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1979 was the year when Soros started his philanthropy by giving scholarships to South Africans. In the 80s, he helped promote an open exchange of ideas in Communist Eastern Bloc by offering photocopiers to reprint texts that banned, only to them their power. After that, he created a University in Central European as a space to raise critical thinking. It was an alien concept former Soviet states at most universities. He funded cultural exchanges among Eastern Europe and West, playing an essential role in assisting Soviet society he had briefly lived in, to open itself to this world.
Over the years, George Soros has supported lawyers and paralegals representing thousands of illegally held individuals, endorsed the largest effort in the history to integrate Roma of the Europe, and provided school/university fees for thousands of talented students from disregarded groups. And he also has reached beyond the foundation, supporting sovereign organizations such as the European Council the International Crisis Group, Global Witness, and much more. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.