George Soros was born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary to a jewish family. During his childhood, Soros and his family survived through Nazi occupation of the country and then communist occupation of the country. In the hopes of achieving a better life, Soros fled Hungary in 1947. He ended up in London, England. Soros worked his way through college at the London School of Economics. After working for a short time in London, Soros decided to try his luck in the United States.
Soros spent nearly two decades working for several firms in New York as an investment manager and analyst. In the 1970s he decided to go out on his own and start a hedge fund. This decision made Soros billions of dollars. He is credited with shorting the British Pound and several Asian currencies. Soros made a decision to put his concentration and efforts into other areas in the 1980s.
Forbes billionaire George Soros founded a charity, the Open Society Foundations. He raised tuition funds to send black students to university in South Africa during the oppressive apartheid regime. He also provided copy machines to dissidents in communist countries so that they could make copies of materials to disperse. At the moment, Soros has great concern for the future of Europe and the European Union. He has created an institute that there specializes in the social sciences in order to create a revolution of thinking in Europe.
Soros’ concern for the European Union is his priority. He believes that the union will fall if they decide to trust President Putin of Russia, who says that he is an ally to the west in their fight against ISIS. He recently shared his concerns and the reasons for them in an article that was published by Project Syndicate.
In the article, Soros explained that Russia is doing the exact opposite of fighting ISIS. In fact, they are partnering with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to attack the Syrian people and force them to flee from their homes and their country. Tens of thousands of Syrians have already fled to Turkey. Putin is doing this because his goal is to topple the European Union. He knows if he is able to do this, Russia will no longer have to face their sanctions and the Russian economy will make a recovery.
One leader who understands the severity of the refugee crisis is Chancellor Angela Merkel from Germany. She recently made a trip to Turkey to request that their government induce the refugees to prolong their stay in Turkey. Her hope is that Europe will not be swamped by refugees but will rather be able to slowly integrate the refugees at a pace that is more sustainable.