No man on Wall Street goes into the history books to have led a spectacular political and business career like George Soros. Soros knows how to mix business, philanthropy and political activism. But who exactly is this man George Soros? Having come face to face with the ills of conflict and escaping persecution in the war-torn Hungary during the Nazi occupation, George Soros grew up knowing that one can triumph the evils that arise in societies. Soros sees his role in the society as more messianic, and that informs his extensive involvement in matters social justice, human rights and politics in communities across the world.
George Soros built his vast fortunes trading currencies. Notable is his transaction in the year 1992 when he made a whopping $1 billion dollars when he shorted the British Pound. His skills in the field of currency speculation are highly acclaimed from this instance. Over time, his career in financial investment and hedge fund management has flourished leaving him with a lot of fortune. Know more about George Soros on Investopedia.
Having made a lot of money, Soros could choose to take a back seat and savor the best of luxuries that money can offer, but his set of philosophies inspired by Karl Popper will not give him that chance. When George Soros successfully fled Hungary, He moved to the UK where he put himself through the prestigious London School of Economics. George Soros had to do odd jobs so that he could earn a degree in international and welfare economics from the College.
When Soros was studying at LSE, that is the time he came across a professor who inspired his philosophical streak. His charities, Open Societies Foundations, and political ideologies primarily borrow from the works of Karl Popper on Open Societies. Soros is always devoted in the birth of societies that embrace freedom of expression, social justice, and transparency.
During the 2016 general elections in the United States, George Soros was instrumental in the campaign of Democrats hopeful, Hillary Clinton. His contribution to the campaign was more than $13 million. These campaign funds were not the only ones Soros had donated to a political candidate. In the year 2004, Soros had spent millions of dollars for the campaign against George Bush. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.
George Soros is one of the few billionaires who has given out a substantial amount of their fortune towards philanthropy. His maiden tries at being a do-gooder was during the era of apartheid in pre-colonial South Africa. George gave out education scholarship through the University of Cape Town. He believes that the most efficient way overcoming the injustices in a society is by creating knowledgeable leaders who can champion causes that will help address the injustices. Soros’ charities know no political boundaries, political affiliations or even sexual orientations.