George Soros is a successful and independent business person with a great passion for philanthropy. He has donated $18 billion to Open Society Foundations. It is one of the biggest donations he has ever made in a single transfer. So far, he has donated more than thirty-two billion dollars to these foundations. George has also founded an institution and is the primary sponsor. Central European University in Budapest is a center of social sciences.
Open Society Foundation is about freedom of expression, justice equality, and government accountability. George’s leadership has seen the foundation support these issues in various places all around the globe. George also identifies bright students and lets the foundation pay for their university fees. Open Society has done that for thousands of university students. These students are mainly those struggling to get tuition money, and others are almost dropping out. Open Society is focused on people facing discrimination because of who they are. The minority people in the society who voice does not matter to the rest. The foundation has stood with LGBTI people, sex workers, drug users and other groups of people who are disregarded. These people may seem as outcasts, but the foundation perceives them as people who need help and support.
The zeal to support minority and undermined groups in the society is from past experience. George has gone through intolerance, and he understands how it is. He was born in Hungary when it was the Nazi era. During this time, more than five hundred thousand Hungarian Jews lost their lives. The only reason George’s family survived was through hiding their real identity and helping others to do so.
George and his family did not submit to the fate but resisted the strong evil force. In this struggle, the family and other people managed to survive. George managed to live in London after the war, in 1947. He did two jobs and still managed to study at London School of Economics. The two jobs helped him to pay his fees. After completing his studies in London, George relocated again to the U.S.A. After getting into the world of finance and investments, George made fortunes for himself.
By 1970, George founded his hedge fund called Soros Fund Management. George managed this firm with great success until it made him one the most successful investors in the history of the nation. This is how Open Society was founded. It is a network of foundations in over one hundred countries. Various projects are going on in these countries, and other people are partnering to work together with the foundation. Karl Popper’s philosophy also inspired open Society Foundations. He believed that a society could only thrive if there are democratic governance, human rights and freedom of expression. These are the elements of Open Society Foundation’s core.
George began giving scholarships to South Africa students affected by apartheid. It was his first mission of philanthropy in 1979. Other missions followed in his home country that was under Communism. Since then, George and his foundation have been transforming societies around the world.
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