George Soros And His Philanthropy

12:56 pm on April 3, 2017

According to Forbes, George Soros’s net worth makes him one of the richest billionaires in the world.

But George Soros was not always that rich, or course. But, he wasn’t born into a rich family. The fortune that George Soros has was made entirely by him, in his own way.

He was from a Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Hungary in World War II. His father carefully hid his family from the trials of being Jewish citizens in a Jew hating, sadistic empire. When the Nazis were defeated and the communist regime took control of Hungary, the family had already had enough. They left Hungary and moved to England in 1947. But in the back of his mind, George Soros knew that he wasn’t finished with his native Hungary. Read more at The New York Times about George.

In England, George went to school, and he was not a lax, disinterested student. He earned degrees in economics, and he read a lot of books. Out of school, his first job was managing the money of others for a fee, and he has been doing that all of his life. Today, he manages the tenth largest hedge fund in the world. It is worth over 25 billion dollars.

George Soros became a US citizen in 1961, though he had earlier planned to return to England, as he didn’t really care much for US politics and the way the Americans believed in their country.

He wanted to do something for those oppressed by the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and he started a number of charities to help those people. By the time the Soviet Union collapsed, George Soros was already teaching and helping Eastern Europeans to adapt to a new government, promoting democracy both politically and financially.

In his lifetime, George Soros has contributed more to charities of all kinds than any other person, dead or alive. He continues to contribute to causes he considers worthwhile and good for people. He contributed to a fund that helped to register Hispanic voters. Learn more on snopes.com about George.

George is not ashamed by his affiliations with others; he revels and delights in promulgating his ideas to the world, and offers no apologies for it. He is his own man, and cannot be bought or sold by or to any other organization. That much can seldom be said about anyone.

Anyway, the next time you hear his name, remember who he is, and his past, and what he has done for all of us, as he has tried to make this a better world, and very likely has succeeded. Some people like him, and some don’t. But whoever comes into contact with him will not be neutral. He is just that kind of man, who deserves respect, and gets it, whether those people like him or not.

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