There are few private citizens in the world that have become more influential than George Soros. George Soros is a New York resident who was born and raised in Hungary. Soros is most famous for his work with the Soros Hedge Fund, guiding his company into becoming one of the most successful investment firms on the planet. Soros himself is worth just north of $29 billion but he hasn’t let his money get in the way of how much harder he has decided to work. George Soros is, first and foremost, a progressive. He has stood the test of time as someone who is willing to fight for equality, democracy, and transparent governance all around the world. From the corners of an Apartheid-era South Africa to the battle for marriage equality in the United States of America, George Soros has been there. As a result, George Soros himself has become something of a threat to citizens on the far right of the political spectrum. Let’s try to assuage their concerns by learning who George Soros really is, not the propaganda driven boogeyman conservatives around the world would have you believe.
Any discussion revolving around George Soros must, of course, go back to his childhood. One’s childhood is largely the most formative portion of their life and George Soros is no different. As a child growing up in Hungary during the ’40s he had to look horror straight in the eyes. That horror was, of course, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi occupation of Hungary. Soros was there when the Nazi forces marched into the streets in 1944 and he was there while half of a million of his people, largely all Hungarian born Jews, would end up being slaughtered. Soros saw the dangers of an oppressive government and from that moment on he vowed to never let it become the norm.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, George Soros would head West and move to the United States of America. Soros would board a ship and set sail for New York where he would go on to establish the investment firm we already talked about. After finding success with the Soros Hedge Fund he would then begin to focus entirely on philanthropy and political activism. Soros would become more and more involved as his foundation, the Open Society Foundations, gained steam. The OSF is based largely on the works of Karl Popper’s idea of an open world, an open society, and equality for all. Soros has already donated nearly $12 billion to grassroots foundations all over the planet through this foundation. His commitment to justice, social equality, and progressive politics has made him a natural opponent to conservatives but it does not make him the boogeyman that they would have you believe him to be and more