In the world today, there are lots of people who lack necessities such as food, shelter, and education. There is also a good number of them who face political injustices and marginalization. One billionaire philanthropist has always been in the forefront to help this groups of people. George Soros is his name. To date, George Soros has spent slightly over $12 billion of his fortune on charities that seek to alleviate the suffering of many individuals across the globe. Soros, through his charities, has facilitated programs that strive to enhance freedom of expression, encourage transparency and accountability in governments and foster societies that promote fairness and the common good. Read more on NYTimes.com.
In the wake of the Presidential victory of Donald Trump, George Soros moved in, to cushion groups of people he felt would be affected by the negative remarks of the Trump administration’s agenda. In Europe, He has supported the Roma population who had been victims of segregation by the larger society because of their sexuality or profession e.g. sex workers.
The resolve to help others is primarily drawn from the fact that George Soros has been a victim of social injustices and intolerance. The native of Hungary, George lived through the war-torn times of the Second World War. He experienced the brutality that was meted on over 500,000 Hungarian Jews. Had it not been his father’s ingenuity, he and his family would not have survived. George’s father procured false identities that hid their backgrounds enabling them to escape Nazi executions. George Soros is known to report that his family refused to submit to its fate by resisting a big evil force that could have consumed them. This period of war was also the first time he saw the possibility of humanity to help others because they not only survived but they were also able to rescue caught in the same situation.
After the war, George left his homeland to pursue opportunities in the UK. His first stop was at the London School of Economics where he had to look for menial jobs to sustain his education at the prestigious college. After his undergraduate, he moved to the United States where his career in finance kicked off.
Through his brainchild, the Soros Fund Management George has been able to claim his space in the community of billionaires. He is ranked among the most affluent individuals in the world. George uses his fortune to run community programs through the Open Society Foundations (OSF).
The OSF is a group of charities, partners, and initiatives in over 100 nations across the globe. The organizations borrow from the philosophical ideals of Professor Karl Popper. The scholar advances arguments that no society will prosper as long as it stifles democratic governance, freedom of expression, transparency, and respect for human rights.