George Soros Emerges as a Global Icon

George Soros is a Hungarian-American investor, business mogul, philanthropist and author. Soros is one of the most successful investors in the world. Born in Hungary, he lived through the Nazi occupation of 1944-1945, which led to the murder of thousands of people. His own family, which was Jewish, survived by concealing their backgrounds through the use of fake identity papers. George Soros is one of the world’s largest philanthropists. His funding of up to $12 billion to date has supported many individuals as well as organizations all around the globe. It has helped those fighting for freedom of expression, transparency and an accountable government to societies that push for justice and equality. This charity mainly focused on those who faced any sort of discrimination for who they are, be it the groups that represented Europe’s Roma people and other persons sidelined and pushed to the margins by the society. This is the likes of sex workers, LGBTI people and drug users.

In 1947, as the communists started ruling Hungary after the war, Soros left Budapest for London. He sponsored himself to the London School of Economics, as he worked as a railway porter and a night club waiter for financial upkeep. This was before he started his take off in the finance industry at a merchant bank after he emigrated to the United States of America (USA), where he was to make a fortune.In 1970, George launched Soros Fund Management. This led to him becoming one of the most moneymaking investors in the history of the United States. He used his fortune to create the Open Society Foundations. The name of the foundation reflected the influence of Soros’ perception of the philosophy of Karl Popper.

Soros began his philanthropy in 1979. This involved giving scholarships to black South Africans who were under apartheid. In the 80’s, he also helped advance the open contribution of ideas within the Communist Eastern Bloc by offering photocopiers to reprint texts that had been banned. Another one of his mighty works was when we he created the Central European University after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He funded cultural exchanges that happened between the west and Eastern Europe, mediating the Soviet Society.When the Cold War was over, George’s philanthropy expanded to the United States, Africa and Asia. This supported a large array of the new efforts to create more democratic, accountable and transparent societies. Soros, over the years, has also supported paralegals and lawyers who represent thousands of unlawfully held individuals. From Soros’ Hungary encounter, he recalls how they decided to defy the odds of giving in to a stronger force that was against them. They fought hard to overcome the evil force that was against them. This enabled Soros and other like-minded individuals to offer help to the helpless.