George Soros is a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, author, and philanthropist who is looking to change the world through his efforts. As one of the most successful investors in the world, he has earned $25.2 billion and is counted as one of the 30 most rich people on Earth. He has donated more than $12 billion to this day and his money has gone to help organizations and people worldwide who are working to have the right of freedom of expression, transparency and accountability in government, and equality and justice for everyone. His donations have also helped people who deal with discrimination solely because of who they are, and among these are LGBTI people, sex workers, drug users, as well as Europe’s Roma people.
George Soros is partially motivated to help people who are discriminated against because he faced discrimination himself when he was younger. As a man who was born in 1930, he lived during the Nazi occupation during 1944-1945, which saw the senseless murder of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews. By gaining access to false identity papers, which hid their background, his own Jewish family survived the atrocities of those times, and they also helped others to do the same. He believes that people should not sit by idly but that they should resist evil and evil doers at all costs.George firmly believes in the idea that no single government, ideology, or philosophy should be the final say on what is true and what isn’t and that all people deserve the right to freely express themselves and govern themselves. He has written that in today’s world, it is no longer communism that is a threat, but it is capitalism that poses the greatest danger, which threatens true democracy in every way. It is George’s feeling that when a person or organization has made way more money than it needs, that it should support others who are less fortunate.
It is in this vein that he has set up his own foundation, which has helped a great number of individuals in the world.It was 1979 when George Soros began his first philanthropic pursuit by offering scholarships to black South Africans when apartheid was occurring. During the 80’s, in the Communist Eastern Bloc, he helped to sponsor the open exchange of ideas, which was a revolutionary idea at the time, and after the Berlin Wall came down, he started up the Central European University to focus on critical thinking. At that time the Soviet Union had nothing even close to this in their universities. During the Cold War, he helped to promote democratic societies in Africa, the United States, and Asia that believe in accountability in government and trasparency.George Soros continues, to this day, to help people all over the world gain their independence and be free of bigotry, racism, and cruelty.