George Soros is spreading his knowledge and wisdom throughout the world by supporting independence from systems of government that promote reclusive, self-serving goals. As one of the world’s most famous philanthropists, George has dedicated over 12 billion dollars towards humanitarian efforts. His efforts serve to give support in the fight against the type of discrimination he suffered as a child at the hands of a totalitarian regime.
Soros was born in 1930 to a Jewish family living in Budapest, Hungary, and they lived through the Nazi occupation of 1944 and 1945 when George was just a teenager. Through this experience he and his parents Tividar and Erzebat learned the importance of helping others and working together in order to survive. By changing their last name and securing false identities they were able to help others conceal their heritage and avoid becoming part of the 500,000 Hungarians who were exterminated by the Nazis. Read his profile at Washington Times.
After the war communism dominated the political theater of his region, prompting Soros to develop a worldview that rejected totalitarianism and the influence of indoctrination these systems sought to impose. His biography explains that his study of Karl Popper helped to develop a philosophy that supported human growth and progress through the liberation of thought and respect for human rights. This led him to understand that creativity flourishes when the mind is free from the constraints of oppressive ideologies. After finishing his studies at the London School of Economics, Soros immigrated to America and established the Soros Fund Management hedge fund, which gained support from some of the most successful investors in the United States. His success allowed him to establish a foundation with the sole purpose of advancing personal and intellectual freedom for suppressed people around the world. (www.biography.com/people/george-soros)
Through his organization, the Open Society Foundations, George Soros supports the advancement of “justice, education, public health, business development, and independent media” in more than 100 countries suffering from economic and political disadvantages. Serving as a hub for humanitarian efforts, Soros provided a foundation for others to coordinate their efforts to establish a more dominating platform in the fight against totalitarianism. (www.opensocietyfoundations.org)
For George, many of society’s problems stem from philosophies that serve to oppress individualism through government control and a lack of opportunity. Using his influence to combat inequality, his efforts have advanced progress on issues most would think were impossible to fix. George prides himself on his commitment to the forgotten. By standing up for people others have given up on, his example will influence a new generation towards the understanding that our success as a species relies on compassion, empathy, and cooperation. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com