George Soros is the nineteenth wealthiest man in American with a net worth of twenty-five billion dollars. The investment tycoon resides in the beautiful town of Katonah, New York. He was born on August 12, 1939, in Hungary. His childhood was full of miseries because Hungary was under Nazi occupation at that time. The Jewish community was their prime target, so Soros’s father forged documents to hide family’s Jewish identity. George Soros fled to the United Kingdom at the age of seventeen. There he took admission in London School of Economics and discovered his passion for financial markets. After finishing his studies, Soros left for New York, USA and was reunited with his family. He was fortunate to found a job at Wall Street, and then life changed for him. He founded a hedge fund with an amount of twelve million dollars in 1969. Later, he renamed it to Quantum Fund. George Soros provides funds for philanthropic activities that lead to the betterment of the society. He gave three million dollars to a group that mobilizes Hispanic voters in the US. The group is known as Super PAC. Soros is also interested in investing in all those companies that refugees and immigrants arriving in Europe would found. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
The philanthropy of George Soros officially began in 1979. In 1984, he founded the Open Society Foundation. in Hungary so a democratic government could be established where people were not oppressed, and they could enjoy freedom. In 1987, Soros founded the office of Open Society Foundation in Moscow through which he funded several advocacy groups and causes. During next five years, his funding increased up to hundred times. He established several offices of the Open Society Foundation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. His huge wealth made him so important that almost all politicians wanted to meet him. Although Open Society Foundation is present in almost eighty countries, George Soros is injecting most of the funds to advocacy groups and causes inside America. In 1993, he founded the Open Society Institute. He is the author of a bestseller book Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism. He described in detail what an Open Society is and how it could benefit everyone. For George Soros, an open society provides citizens with social responsibility, social justice, freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.
Aryeh Neier is the right hand of George Soros. He is the same guy who established a radical group SDS during his college life. Today, Neier is the President of Soros Foundation Network and Open Society Foundations. He spreads the message of open society around the world. George Soros gives funds to American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Both organizations promote the concept of open society. They raised voice against the US Government for its post 9/11 measures which they believed were too harsh and discriminatory against Muslims.