To know is to become. George Soros did not become a generous and an avid defender of liberty and human freedoms by staying ignorantly in the confines of comfort and high birth. George Soros, the liberal billionaire, and arguably the most generous man, did not rise to become one of the most influential billionaire Democrats in American history from remaining silent and frugal to the cries of humanity either. The man is wealthy and wise, generous and strategic. As an immigrant who hailed from a country ravished by war and genocide at his birth, George Soros has rightfully earned his spot among the world’s most generous givers. A brief story about the country of origin, his rise to wealth and fortune and his philanthropic pursuits might help exemplify the argument.
George Soros was born in Hungary when the Nazi Regime sort to annihilate all Jews in Europe. In pursuit of that evil intent to massacre Jews, the Nazis encroached on Hungary and seized it. They were successful in their endeavor for massacre but unsuccessful in accomplishing their objective to wipe all Hungarian Jews out of existence. The Soros family were an intelligent and discerning lot. Thankfully for the other Jews that were fortunate to have been around them in those dangerous times, the Soros family was also generous and accommodating. George Soros and his family forged documents faking their Jewish identities to escape imminent persecution and death. They also provided the same protection to other Jews who were to be killed for nothing else but their identities. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
Later, George Soros fled to London where he worked two shifts, one as a manual laborer and the other as a casual laborer. The railway job made him hard and resilient while his job at a nightclub allowed him to observe human nature and how they spent their money. Both jobs made good in raising the school fees he needed to learn at the London School of Economics. He later moved to the United States to put his financial and economic skills to good use.
By 1979, Soros had already earned so much money in investments that he could have afforded to open a hedge fund. He went on further to make over one billion dollars in a day and earned the title of ‘the Man Who Broke the Bank of England.’ By then, he had got enough confidence to take on the oppression of minorities by funding activists and lobby groups that sort to use peaceful means to resolve racial and ethnic conflict and discrimination. One of his most notable achievements in his liberal agenda includes;
- Creating the Open Society Foundations
- Giving scholarships to Africa Scholars who were fighting the Apartheid Regime
- Introducing Critical Thinking to the Soviet Union after the Berlin Wall was demolished
- Coordinating the Ferguson Protests from the ugly and violent protests that they were to the peaceful national campaign against police brutality and racial profiling. He funded social media campaigns, national bus rides, and coordinated protests. He spent over 13 million dollars in cash and mobilized groups that benefit from his funding perennially to contribute positively to the whole concept. Know more on Business Insider about George Soros.