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.
Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human rights supporter and film maker with commitments in the fields of public interest advocacy, public policy pro-democracy advocacy, civil liberties, individual rights and public policy. Halvorssen is originator of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a yearly assembly depicted by The Economist as a “breathtaking human-rights celebration on its approach to turning into human-rights such as the Davos monetary forum. Halvorssen is the leader of the Human Rights Foundation, an association dedicated to worldwide human freedom and rights.
Halvorssen stepped down from heading ( Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) FIRE in March 2004 to join its Board of Advisors and declared the starting of a worldwide team that would “champion the meaning of human rights that initially enlivened the human rights development, focused on the twin ideas of self-assurance freedom and that of tyranny. HRF was consolidated in 2005, opening its central station in New York City in August 2006. Its International Council incorporates several conscience prisoners such as Harry Wu, Elie Wiesel and Vladimir Bukovsky. More so it entails democracy activists, for example, Garry Kasparov and Mart Laar. Václav Havel was its chairman before he died in December 2011.Halvorssen repeatedly advocated and lobbied releasing of Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese political prisoner during the helm of HRF. Come 2010, Halvorssen was an extraordinary visitor of Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Prize service giving the prize to Liu Xiaobo in absentia. Halvorssen is recognized as a supporter of Chinese Uyghur pioneer RebiyaKadeer and has forcefully opposed the Tawainese Kuomintang government for its restricting visits by Kadeer. Halvorssen has bolstered UN-level activity to address the infringement of Uyghur rights in China.
As per the Hollywood Reporter,Thor Halvorssen is at present delivering the Robert a film adoption. Halvorssen delivered The Sugar Babies, the film about Dominican Republic human trafficking and the predicament of its vagrant farm workers. The documentary targets are the politically and wealthy sugar barons who dwell in West Palm Beach – the Fanjul Family. There is a time the film was revisited at Florida International University before a heated exchange developed with the Dominican discretionary agent leading to police presence. It got various negative views being said that the film’s depiction of enormous business and its association with the Dominican government was a piece of a crusade against the nation’s notoriety. Today, Halvorssen has managed to touch different sides of people’s life and he has still dedicated his career and willingness to do so.
Thor Halvoseen was born and raised in Caracas; he is born from a family of half-Norwegian and half-Venezuelan. Thor has a high background. Starting from his paternal grandfather Oistein who was the King’s Council in Venezuela during the world war two.Oestein was responsible for the diversion of the Norway’s merchant fleet into the Venezuelan port when his home was attacked by the Germans. Thor’s grandfather was very defensive, and when he was stopped, he fought a couple of Nazis. His Royalty background also came from his mother who descended from the first president of Venezuela Cristobal Mendoza and from Simon the Liberator who was a statesman who assisted the Latin America Independence from Spain.
Thor Halvoseen and his family are well known for their fight for humanity as well as liberty; they stand with the believe that human rights issues are not anything to discuss. In the effort to fight corruption Thor’s father has been able to expose the government in various corruption issues including drug trafficking. His father died combating corruption after being tortured in a Caracas prison. His mother was not ashamed to also die to fight for the rights of others, and she was shot dead while participating in a demonstration duped Anti-Hugo Chavez campaign. His first cousin Leopoldo Lopez is currently in a Venezuelan Jail for challenging the Chavista Regime.Thor Halvoseen is Human Rights advocate and his love for people led him to establish his foundation Human Rights Foundation. He is also a film producer, and he makes a contribution in sectors including public interest, public policy, human rights advocacy, civil liberties as well individual human right. In Thor’s efforts to fight and advocate for the human rights, he founded Oslo Freedom Forum a forum that is described by many as human rights festival.
Thor Halvoseen is the President of Human Rights Foundation an organization that has the responsibility of fighting for human rights globally. Apart from his foundation Thor is also a leader in several other organizations including Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement which he is the patron, On Own Feet and also the founder of Moving Picture Institute. Currently, Halvoseen is producing a film; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Thor has also been awarded by the University of Pennsylvanian President Judith Rodin for his efforts to protect the voice of students.