Humanitarian philanthropist George Soros has inspired the world on an international level. Survivor, sympathizer, and mover and shaker are adjectives that fit the man behind the Open Society Foundation. Deeply compelled by human suffering and motivated to make as many changes as possible, Soros has moved both heaven and earth to make life a better place for the underserved and underprivileged on an international level. From his earliest exploits as a financier to his charitable donations of over $12 billion to both individuals and organizations, his tireless will to help on any level has never been vanquished. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
Born in 1930 to Hungarian parents in Budapest, Hungary, Soros knows firsthand what it is to suffer because of who you are. His family managed to survive during the Nazi era by adopting fake identities. It was during this time that his humanitarian spirit was born. His family helped other Jewish Hungarians obtain false identities as well, in order to survive during the Nazi era. Soros eventually left Hungary for London in 1947 to study at the London School of Economics. He supported himself by working part-time as a railway porter and a nightclub waiter. He eventually left London for the United States in 1956.
It was in America that George Soros experienced unprecedented success in the world of finance and investments, becoming one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States. In 1970 he launched Soros Fund Management, his own Hedge fund, which became the resource for his great fortune. Great fortune gave birth to the Open Society Foundation where his humanitarian beliefs and philosophies grew wings to help others less fortunate or underserved, all over the world. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.
The Open Society Foundation became an effective and powerful resource and a network of interconnected partners, foundations, and projects in over 100 countries. The Open Society Foundation was founded on the ideas of Karl Popper, whom Soros encountered during his schooling in London. The idea that “no philosophy or ideology is the final arbiter of truth, and that societies can only flourish when they allow for democratic governance, freedom of expression, and respect for individual rights,” is central to how the Open Society Foundation views and approaches the world and its problems.