One of the world’s known philanthropist George Soros has supported organizations that fight for transparency, accountable government, and those that encourage justice and equality. To date, Soros has made a contribution of about $12 billion. Groups he has supported include Europe’s Roma people, groups representing sex workers, drug users, LGBTI community among others. Born in Hungary in 1930, he experienced discrimination in his life. He survived the 1944-1945 Nazi occupation that saw the death of 500,000 Hungarian Jews. His family survived the murder through securing false identity papers. In an interview with open society foundation, Soros revealed that instead of submitting to their fate, they concealed their backgrounds and helped others do so. After the Hungary war, Soros left for London where he worked part time as a nightclub waiter. He used his wages for his studies and then in 1956, he left for the United States and entered the finance and investment world. He made his fortune in this industry and 1970; he launched a hedge fund known as Soros Fund Management. Learn more about George at Biography.
Soros has created a network of foundations and projects in 100 countries. He supports these projects using his fortune. At London school of economics, the first encounter Soros experienced was the philosophy of Karl Popper hence the name of his foundation. Popper wrote a book known as Open Society and Its Enemies in which he argues that a society can only prosper if it allows freedom of expression and democratic governance. The charitable works of George Soros began in 1979 when he gave scholarships to black South Africans under apartheid. He helped endorse the open exchange of ideas in the community Eastern Bloc in the 1980s where he gave out photocopies for the reprinting of banned texts. He also created Central European University after the fall of the Berlin wall; the school provided a space to promote critical thinking.
After the cold war, he expanded his charity works to the United States, Asia and Africa where he supported efforts to create democratic, transparent and accountable societies. He criticized the war on drug calling it more harmful than the drug itself, and he helped start the American marijuana movement. Over the years, he has supported lawyers who represent unlawfully held individuals and has paid school fees for many students from marginalized groups.
Soros was at the center of Ferguson protest movement. He funded the Ferguson protest throughout the years and had mobilized groups across U.S. According to a report from the Washington times, Soros gave about $33 million for one year in support of groups that encouraged activists in Soros Ferguson movement. The contribution has been made through the open society foundation. His contributions have inspired activist groups to transform the one-day protest movement into a 24 hour a day national celebration. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.