Born into a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary, famous investor, George Soros, who is now known as ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank in England,’ survived WWII at age seven, and somehow managed to escape communism in 1947. At 17 years old, he attended the London School of Economics, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Philosophy. Soros even found great success on Wall Street. He has committed his life, his work, and his personal fortune to several human rights organizations, such as the Open Society Foundation, which he launched in Africa the year of 1979. Although his recent $18 billion dollar donation to the Open Society Foundation knocked the generous philanthropist down 39 spaces on the Forbes list, it has also awarded him a very prominent title in charity work. George Soros has given one of the largest donations to a single charity, and has received much criticism from the right wing because of it.
Why did he make such a dent in his fortune for Open Society? The answer is simple. Who would understand a closed society better than someone who survived a war escaped communism? His focus has been on his philanthropy work for many years. Even in a university, he worked as a railway porter and a waiter.
As well as an investor, a business magnate, and a philanthropist, George Soros strongly believes in building more “vibrant and tolerant democracies,” and therefore, has created a foundation to do just that.
Soros thinks that America needs to be focused on now more than ever before, but according to Forbes, his generous donation was intended to help shape Asia’s human rights groups for many years to come. With the available programs focusing on emergency short-term relief, George Soros prefers to focus on giving Human Rights to those who will benefit from Open Society Foundation for long-term. George Soros points out that there are many definitions for human rights. It can range from gender equality, to communities negatively effected by pollution, higher crime rates, and tainted water. Many countries don’t have access to the tools, management, resources, and knowledge to protect even the most basic human rights, such as clean water. George Soros points out that it isn’t all about politics, but about making sure that every person has the most basic and fundamental resources for freedom of expression, accountable government, and societies promoting justice and equality.
As well as the Open Society Foundation, George Soros has also founded many other organizations, such as the Quantum Group of Funds, the Soros Fund Management, J Street, Democracy Alliance, the Soros Foundation, and many, many more. As well as his own organizations, Soros supports numerous projects around the world. Some of them include Human Rights Watch, End Citizens United, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Based on his history and the life George Soros has lived, he has donated a total of $32 billion dollars in the Open Society Foundation alone and Follow him Twitter.com.