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.
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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.
While Dick DeVos is one of the wealthier, he is also one of the more generous. He puts to bed the idea that the wealthy are often some of the greediest. He also challenges the stereotype of someone who was born into fortune. While he was not born in the poorest family, he has learned the value of hard work. As a matter of fact, one of the first jobs he had was holding a position in the company that his father founded when he was young. This has helped him build up some experience and work ethic that would take him through various aspects of his career.
Dick DeVos has gone on to hold high positions of leadership in the companies that he got involved with. While holding leadership positions, he has worked hard and made some tough decisions in order to keep his company in order. While the decisions that he has made were tough, he has also profited from the decisions that he has made. As a result, he has wound up with a lot of money that he could put forward to other activities. He has made sure that the money he made didn’t go to waste.
To go along with his great work ethic is his philanthropy and care for the disadvantaged. He has shown himself to be so passionate about giving that he has opened up his non-profit foundation called the Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation. With his non-profit charity, he is able to take funding and put it towards the causes that mean a lot to him. Among the causes that he supports is education. Education is what is needed for people to get ahead. People are also unable to start a successful business. Dick DeVos is someone who cares a lot about making sure that everyone gets a chance. Read more about Dick DeVos on crunchbase.com.
For the majority of business people the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor when they enter retirement is something they look forward to, but Dick DeVos has shown in recent times he has been looking to extend his business empire with a series of personal investments. I have been aware of Dick DeVos and The Windquest Group he founded and remains President of even after he left his role as the President of The AmWay Group.
I have followed the impressive trajectory of The Windquest Group for a number of years and recently looked again at the range of investments Dick DeVos and wife Betsy have recently been making. The first instance that drew me to The Windquest group was the investment backed by Dick DeVos into environmentally responsible technology and power generation; since those first investments I have been impressed by the level of local investing Dick and Betsy DeVos have undertaken, including those made in boxes of water to replace plastic bottles.
Looking back at the career of Dick DeVos gave me an insight into the DeVos family and the impressive nature of the career path they embark upon. I was initially shocked to discover Dick DeVos had attended Michigan’s public school system and had been given initial roles at The AmWay Group in 1974 that were designed to prepare him for the future and his leadership role at the company. Even the initial executive role Dick undertook was overseeing the international sales division of the company that accounted for only five percent of total sales; DeVos grew this to around half of the total sales of the company during his six years heading international sales.
Following his successful stint as the head of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise for the DeVos family before he took over as President of The AmWay group in 1993, which I believe shows the faith of the family in his leadership skills. By the time Dick DeVos retired from his role with The AmWay group he had led the company to annual sales of more than $5 billion, and gave him a personal fortune placing him on the list of the top 100 richest people in the U.S.