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George Soros and his Battle for a Liberal Society

by Chris Holden - August 19th, 2017.
Filed under: Business Leader, George Soros, Giving Back, People, Philanthropist.

George Soros, one of the biggest billionaires in the world, was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930 and went to London to study before amassing a fortune as an investor in the United States.

The man later went on to establish the Open Society Foundations in 1979 when he felt he had garnered enough riches from his career as a successful hedge fund manager, with the core aim of helping governments transition from communism to an open form of democracy that would involve the common people. George Soros did this stating that his financial independence obliged him to take a stand on controversial issues “because others cannot.”

The Open Society began its support of a more inclusive and transparent system of governance worldwide by providing scholarships to black students to attend the University of Cape Town along with opportunities to Eastern European dissidents to study in foreign institutions. Learn more about his profile at

George Soros’ support for causes such as ending racism and easing restrictions on migrants has continued over three decades to the present day, with the protests following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 being organized on a country-wide scale by organizations funded by Open Society. In all, about $33 million had been provided by Soros to social justice groups already on the ground, with the sole aim of transforming the local tragedy into a national concern with the power of news as well as social media at hand.

In fact, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, that had catapulted the series of attacks on black, unarmed civilians (including Michael Brown) without cause by the American police into the global spotlight, was offered help by local organizations based in Ferguson that were funded by Open Society, and Colorlines, an online news platform that reported tirelessly on Black Lives Matter, was published by a company that was also aided financially by George Soros. Offering substantial amounts to this broad range of interlinked human rights groups to help them get their message across is the cornerstone of Soros’ philanthropic career, all with the goal to diversify communities globally and assist people in power to govern with open minds. George Soros summed it up nicely when he said, “…our understanding of the world is inherently imperfect. What is imperfect can be improved.”

As an influential and life-changing philanthropist, magnate and billionaire, George Soros has changed the future of many nations in the world, including the United States, being an active charitable personality and a big role-player in political disputes including the Hillary and Clinton Presidency competition. Read his profile at Business Insider.

Ranked on Forbes’ list of most prominent billionaires in the world, with a net-worth that surpasses others by miles, George Soros is continuing to support many communities with necessities through the use of his funding and the Open Society Foundations.

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