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George Soros: A Champion for Democracy

If you follow the news politics, you may have seen George Soros’ name come up more than once recently. But who is he? What does he stand for and what causes does he support? And what is the Open Society Foundations?

George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930.

However, he also was caught up in the Nazi occupation during World War II in 1944 – 1945. Since his family was Jewish, they had to conceal their backgrounds and obtain false identity papers. During this time, they also assisted other Hungarian Jews with the same task, thus saving other’s lives and their own and learn more about George Soros.

He moved from Budapest to London in 1947.

Soros worked part-time so that he could attend the London School of Economics. Soon, he started working at a merchant bank. And in 1956, he immigrated to New York. There, he established his own hedge fund which started with only $12 million. He also became known as “the man who broke the Bank of England” after shorting the British pound and more information click here.

George Soros’ philanthropy began in 1979.

Soros gave scholarships to South Africans who were black. He also founded the Central European University after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Soon, his philanthropy spread across the world to Asia, the United States of America, and Africa, too. He has also been politically outspoken for the so-called outcasts of society, such as marijuana users and LGBT+ individuals. He has also shown support for Europe’s Roma and helped to fund lawyers for fought for unlawfully detained people. He also created the Open Society Foundations, a network which spans over 100 countries and George’s lacrosse camp.

Soros’ still works toward his dream of a free and open society.

These days, he spends his time traveling the world and speaking out against societal injustices and promoting freedom and democracy with a fierce passion. He has been a critic of the far right and the Trump presidency, too. He still works closely with the Open Society Foundations. To this day, he has given away well over $12 billion.

Sources used:

https://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/

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