Most people know George Soros as one of the most successful investors in the history of the U.S. financial markets where he has built one of the most respected hedge fund management companies in the world with more than $30 billion in assets currently being managed. Forbes explains the early life of George Soros sets him apart from many other Wall Street billionaires as Soros was stranded in Hungary during World War II under the occupation of Nazi Forces who Soros was forced to hide his Jewish faith from with a new identity; a refugee journey to London after the War ended and paying his way through the London School of Economics as a waiter and porter have also given Soros a real world view of how the world truly is for those living on the farthest margins of society. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.
Living a difficult life as a young person has had a great effect on George Soros as once his own financial future was secure in the 1970s following the establishment of Soros Fund Management in 1969 decided to use some of his wealth to assist others in the world. The Open Society Foundations was founded by Soros in 1984 and reports the billionaire has given an estimated $12 billion in funding to the Foundations and a number of other independent groups who reflect his own left leaning ideology. A major influence on the life and career of George Soros has been the work of philosopher Karl Popper who he studied under at the London School of Economics; Popper’s book “The Open Society and It’s Enemies” has been a major influence on the philanthropic and political work of George Soros that includes the revelation that no political ideology has the right to be called the ultimate protector of truth. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com
Soros has taken the work of Popper on the open society and allowed it to become such a major part of his life that he even named The Open Society Foundations charitable network after the philosophical ideals of his former mentor. The right to basic human rights takes many forms in the view of George Soros, including the right to make personal choices on political ideology and education that are often taken away from millions of people trapped in what are often termed closed societies. Soros himself fought to help topple many governments in the former Soviet Eastern Bloc, including a number of educational programs dedicated to helping those who know little about the democratic process. Soros believes access to healthcare and the best possible medical treatments should always be available that has seen him become one of the first and leading backers of the push to legalize medical marijuana across the U.S.