George Soros: Investment Giant, Philanthropist and Activist

George Soros’s commitment to philanthropy and fighting injustice may stem from the hardships he faced as a child. He was born in Hungary in the year 1930. Being a person of Jewish heritage, he and his family were forced to hide their identities, barely surviving by procuring fake identification papers during the Nazi Occupation of Hungary. In 1947, Soros left Hungary for England.

As a young man, George Soros waited tables to pay his way through the London School of Economics. This investment in his education would pay off greatly. In the year 1956, Soros left England to come to the United States where he started a vastly successful hedge fund.

Now Soros is one of the most wealthy and financially savvy people in the world. He uses much of his wealth to give to charity and causes he believes in. He has personally donated over twelve billion dollars towards helping people who have been disenfranchised from their societies. Soros has been making major charitable donations for almost forty years now. In 1979, Soros gave scholarships to black South Africans oppressed by Apartheid. In the 1980’s he helped break the Iron Curtain by providing the funds to promote the free exchange of ideas in communist Eastern European countries. His contributions are further detailed on the website of the Open Society Foundations, a group founded by George Soros to advance democracy, freedom of expression, and individual rights and learn more about George.

Since then, Soros has continued to fund causes to help others and to promote social justice all over the world. His fundraising has helped Romani people, LGBTQ people, immigrants, those suffering from drug addiction, those who are being held unlawfully and many more groups and people in need. Soros provided scholarships for many people in these groups. He funded lawyers and paralegals to represent unlawfully held people. He aided efforts to integrate Romani people in Europe and more information click here.

Politico reports that he also contributes to Super PACs and other advocacy and fundraising groups representing and supporting important issues. In the 2016 election, he committed ten million dollars to various PACs dedicated to protecting voting rights and Soros’s lacrosse camp.

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