Gyorgy Schwartz, better known as George Soros, survived both the Hungarian Nazi occupation and communist-rule Hungary as a Jewish man before immigrating to London to study finance in the late 1940s. As of 2015, George Soros was ranked the 21st richest person in the world with an estimated worth of $26 billion; however, to date, George Soros has given over $12 billion to philanthropic efforts through a network of foundations spanning over 100 countries named the Open Society Foundation.
Like all great philanthropists, George Soros developed a passion for his efforts through incredibly personal forces in his own life. In the years prior to the Nazi occupation of Hungary, his father changed the family surname from Schwartz to Soros to help the family combat growing antisemitic beliefs in their home, and, after obtaining false identity records to escape the Nazi regime’s efforts at genocide, the family helped other Jews to do so as well. In 1947, Soros traveled to London to receive a degree in finance before immigrating to America to enter to field of finance and investment where he became extremely successful after launching his own hedge-fund in 1970 dubbed Soros Fund Management.
While his financial success as one of the most successful investors in American history has granted him the ability to contribute outstandingly to democratic efforts, his discovery of the philosopher Karl Popper by reading “The Open Society and It’s Enemies” is the single most influential factor in Soros route towards becoming a philanthropist. The belief that no philosophy or ideology is the “final arbiter of truth” proves that the need for democratic processes and a respect for individual rights is needed for any society to flourish. All of Soros efforts have been to uphold the ideals of democracy and a genuine dedication to human rights.
Soros has provided educational opportunities to the marginalized since the 1970s when he began giving scholarships to Black South Africans under apartheid and, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Soros established the Central European University dedicated to fostering critical thinking skills in former-soviet states who found the skills alien. Since the beginning, Soros has provided education to thousands of students around the world. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.
Soros stands for the liberty of groups to act as they please, and transparent, accountable government measures when regulated citizens. He was an early advocate against the war on drugs, beginning the medical marijuana movement in America. Speaking out against integration of cultural groups in Europe and speaking up for LGBTI rights in America in the early 2000s. Soros has been a crucial part of the human rights movement in the modern-era.