And article on Open Society Foundations details the amount of money that George Soros has contributed over the years. He has provided this foundation $32 billion over the years, including $18 billion recently provided to further this nonprofit’s mission. The Open Society Foundations is a global organization that he founded in order to make the world and fairer and more equitable place.
The types of causes that George Soros promotes through Open Society Foundations includes those that address government accountability, freedom of speech, and equality and justice. He has also provided scholarships to those young people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a college or university. Furthermore, he has supported people who face discrimination whether due to their race, sex, LGBTI, or other reasons.
Growing up in Hungary in the 1930’s under a totalitarian government, George Soros was exposed to the harshness of living under an oppressive government from a young age. He also lived in Hungary when it was occupied by the Nazis from 1944 to 1945. During this time more than 500,000 Jewish people were slaughtered by the Nazis in Hungary. Being Jewish himself, he and his family were able to obtain false identification papers and helped others they knew to do the same. After the war Hungary became a Soviet satellite state and thus communist. Soros was able to leave Hungary and ended up attending the London School of Economics in the UK. A few years after graduating he emigrated to America and settled in New York, New York. He entered the financial industry and started a hedge fund. Over time he became one of the most successful investors of all time and amassed a fortune.
It was in 1979 that George Soros started to engage in philanthropy, using his fortune to help others. His Open Society Foundations is now active in over 100 countries around the world, promoting democracy. He based his foundation on the work of Karl Popper, a philosopher who wrote, “Open Society its Enemies“. The book provided arguments that any society can only succeed when it is democratically based, allows freedom of expression, and supports the rights of its individual citizens.
his biography, George Soros is also an author who has written 12 books. The topics he has covered range from his thoughts about global capitalism to what he thinks about the war on terror started by President Bush. As an expert in the financial industry, he has also written books about his industry including his view that the financial markets could collapse.
Over the years George Soros has provided funds to many organizations outside of his Open Society Foundations. Other nonprofits he has provided money to include the International Crisis Group, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and Global Witness among others. Even though he is approaching 90 years old he still has maintained an active interest in his foundation’s work. Beyond providing money he has also spoken out himself about causes he believes in, including traveling around the world to advocate for important causes. and Follow him Twitter.com