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George Soros: Investing in Humanity

 

Globally recognized for his extraordinary wealth, George Soros was born far removed from a silver spoon in Budapest in 1930. After escaping the throes of Nazi occupation during World War II, Soros managed to earn a degree from the London School of Economics before emigrating across the Atlantic to America. Using the same pluck that enabled him to evade oppression and genocide, Soros has earned many lifetimes of material fortune. According to Investopedia,  Mr. Soros is largely celebrated for his ingenious and aggressive wealth management, it is the multibillionaire’s decades of philanthropy that seem to be his true pursuit. Having founded Open Society, a philanthropy dedicated to promoting open nations that embrace transparency and human rights, and continuing to dedicate his wealth and drive to countless other humanitarian endeavors, there can be no doubt that George Soros is one of the world’s most prominent investors in humanity.

Having developed a reputation as a brazen speculator capable of successfully predicting significant market shifts, Soros was able to establish and operate Soros Fund Management, one of the most profitable firms in the hedge fund industry. Consistent profits led Soros to wealth so great that, by his own admission, he has been enabled to take a stand on controversial issues in ways others cannot. This ability empowered Soros to found Open Society Foundations, which, established in 1979, has been dedicated to cultivating transparent governments and societies that embrace human rights around the world.

It is as if in spite of the suffering Soros lived through in his early days, he remains doggedly committed to helping the global community foster societies where human rights and government accountability are the rules, not the exceptions. Thanks to this vision and determination, today Open Society is a philanthropic empire that includes a network of foundations and projects in more than 100 countries, with expenditures in excess of $800 million annually.

In addition to facilitating open governments, Soros continues to lend his experience and advice to policy makers and promote voters’ rights. Although many have tried to put a price on Soros, his philanthropy goes to show that no price can be put on investments in creating a better humanity.