After developing a successful hedge fund management firm George Soros decided to use his wealth to establish the open societies foundation. Now in his 80’s Soros is one of the most charitable philanthropists in the world, having giving over 12 billion dollars in donations over the years. Driven by a desire to rid the world of the horrors he encountered first hand as a child in Nazi occupied Hungary, Mr. Soros has dedicated his time and resources to aiding those currently effected by oppressive governments.His efforts to achieve his altruistic goals have been in place for a long time with far reaching results. Over forty years ago Mr. Soros worked to provide scholarships to black South Africans living under apartheid rule. He then supported the development of critical thinking curriculum after the fall of the Berlin Wall by building the Central European University.
The end of the Cold War saw Soros expand his philanthropic work to the rest of the world including the United States through the development of the Open Societies Foundation Open Societies Foundation is a network of foundations, partners, and projects in over 100 countries that promotes democratic governance, freedom of expression, and respect for individual rights. Mr. Soros personally travels the world in support of Open Societies Foundation and its mission while simultaneously giving donations to other organizations around the world that work towards the goal of liberating societies and giving citizens a voice in how government effects their lives.
Though he knows the odds against his ambitious hope to solve the complex and deeply entrenched problems of oppression in many societies Mr. Soros is determined to continue to use his wealth and influence to diminish their scope and instance all over the world. His philosophy of fighting seemingly unwinnable fights for seemingly hopeless causes because they are right stems from his own improbable past, including overcoming the violence of his childhood and reaching the heights of success, and knowing that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.