George Soros is something more than just a major investment specialist who has built one of the world’s largest and best respected hedge fund companies; alongside his financial career the founder of Soros Fund Management has also expanded his philanthropic career from its early beginnings in 1979 to become one of the world’s most active charitable donors. Unlike many wealthy donors the philanthropy of George Soros has taken a definite direction as his Open Society Foundations network of charitable groups reports the major donor established his own charity in 1984; by 2017 it has been reported the list of philanthropic activities of Soros’ Open Society Foundations has grown to extend over 500 pages of entries on its Website.
Many people question the motives of George Soros in creating such an extensive network of charitable groups, but a look back at his life with Biography.com shows his own life has been spent seeking ways of helping others around the world. The Soros family welcomed George into its fold at his birth in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary with the name Soros being chosen by his Jewish family in 1936 after George’s father had identified the threat posed to the entire Jewish community by the rising issue of fascism across Europe in the buildup to World War II. After seeing Hungary invaded in 1943 by Nazi forces the Soros family had to hide their Jewish background in a bid to make sure they survived the Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than 500,000 Hungarian followers of Judaism. The good works of George Soros began during the Nazi Occupation in World War II as the family worked to help others escape the yoke of the totalitarian regime. Read this story about George at Politico.com.
After escaping Communist rule following the Second World War, George Soros began a refugee journey that took him to the London School of Economics where he completed his studies in finance and economics. Before emigrating to the U.S. to begin his career on Wall Street, George Soros began exploring the work of his philosophy teacher Karl Popper about the open society and how no society could class itself as truly free without protecting free speech, personal choice, and the basic individual human rights. George Soros has taken this open society outlook on the world and used it as the basis of his own Open Society Foundations network, which began life providing support for those in Communist controlled eastern Europe in the 1970s before continuing to find success across the planet after the work of George Soros expanded across Africa, Asia, and North America.