George Soros is one of the world’s richest people with what Forbes describes as a fortune of more than $25 billion built from his successful hedge fund that was established in 1970. However successful George Soros has become as a financial expert making money across the globe as a leader on a range of financial markets the work the Hungarian born former refugee has completed as a philanthropist will be the legacy he eventually leaves behind; Soros began his philanthropic work as early as 1979 when he became concerned about the problems facing black South African’s under the Apartheid regime of the period. The Open Society Foundations report the work of George Soros as a philanthropist has seen him provide over $12 billion in funding for a range of good causes that reflect his own beliefs.
The work completed by George Soros through his Open Society Foundations has included a range of activities being completed in a bid to push forward the philosophy of the open society Soros came into contact with as a student in London. After surviving the Holocaust following the occupation of Hungary by Nazi forces from 1944 to 1945 Soros fled the Communist regime in Hungary as a refugee to start a new life in London as a student at the London School of Economics; it was during his studies at LSE that George Soros first came into contact with the philosopher Karl Popper who introduced him to the open society teachings that include the chance for every person to live a free and successful life.
George Soros has not only looked to aid many different groups around the world, but his focus has often been on groups who are marginalized in traditional society; the work of George Soros began with the Apartheid fight and continued with the supply of copying equipment passed into the former Communist Eastern Bloc to ease the publication of texts banned by Socialist regimes. As the years have moved along the focus of George Soros has been to look for new areas of interest for the Open Society Foundations that have been focused across regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America to support those who feel they are not permitted to live within traditional closed societies. One of the aspects of this has been to provide support for those affected by human trafficking, the sex industry, drug abuse, and members of the LGBT community. George Soros may have been alive for eight decades but his areas of interest continue to evolve as his concerns through the Open Society Foundations as he continues to fight for the rights of those who feel they have not got a traditional place in society.
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