Somebody like George Soros should need no introduction, but he ultimately likes to keep his name out of the spotlight so they are occasionally required. George Soros is a billionaire investor as well as one of the most giving philanthropists to ever walk the planet. While those are lofty titles they are merely the second and third leg of his title as one of the most progressive billionaires in the world today. Soros has spent his entire life and professional career working toward putting himself in a position to help as many people as possible. Soros’ unlikely rise to prominence is a unique story in and of itself and the work he has done once he got there is even more interesting.
George Soros was a Jewish teenager living in Hungary when the Nazi force rolled into the country and set up an occupation. From 1944 to 1945 the Nazis that occupied Hungary would kill over 500,000 Jews in cold blood. During that time Soros had to fight as much as possible in order to live and to survive. He and his family worked quietly to help subvert the regime by acquiring fake identity papers to help other Jews escape the country. Eventually Soros and his own family would end up fleeing and they would end up in London, having fled from Budapest. Once in London Soros worked tirelessly to graduate from the London School of Economics, handling two jobs at once in order to pay for his studies. Know more about George Soros on Business Insider.
It was this hard work work and this experience with the oppressive Nazi regime that would inform George Soros’ decision to start the Open Society Foundations after settling in America. Soros came to America in the ’50s and he would have landed his fortune with the Soros Hedge Fund by the ’70s. With that money in hand Soros established a network of progressive philanthropic companies all over the world, spanning 130+ different countries. These foundations would form the backbone of what is now known as the Open Society Foundations. Through this network Soros has helped to fund grassroots activists, education, reform, and more throughout the globe. The Open Society Foundations has given nearly $12 billion so far in their lifespan. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
The Open Society Foundations has also had an effect here at home in the United States. During the infamous Ferguson Protests in Missouri activists were able to come to the streets and raise their voice in order to bring attention to the racially motivated police brutality. Soros and the Open Society Foundations had indirectly helped this activism by funding grassroots campaigns in the area to the tune of nearly $33 million. Soros is also a key figure in the success of the early days of the #BlackLivesMatters group.