George Soros is known to have given away over $32 billion from his personal fortune in order to fund the Open Society Foundation. This is not all. He is the founder of the Central European University based in Budapest. He is the primary funder of this leading regional center for studying the social sciences.
The Open Society Foundations has supported several individuals as well as organizations all across the globe that have been fighting for freedom of expression, as well as a government that is accountable. Under the leadership of George Soros, the Open Society Foundation has always promoted justice as well as equality in society. They have funded the school and university fees of thousands of students who may have been denied opportunities due to their identity or their place of residence.
Basically, this philanthropy is for those who are facing discrimination simply because of who they are. George Soros has supported groups that represent the Roma people of Europe. He supports those who have been pushed to the margin by the mainstream society. This would include drug users, and sex workers, besides the LGBTI people.
He is able to identify with such people easily as he has experienced this kind of intolerance firsthand. Soros was born in Hungary in 1930. He had to live through the Nazi occupation during 1944–1945 when nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews were killed. His Jewish family managed to survive as they secured false identity papers by paying a lot of money. In this way, his family could conceal its background.
After the war, it was the Communists who consolidated power in Hungary. This was when Soros left Budapest for London in 1947. He worked as a railway porter and even as a night-club waiter in order to support himself while studying at the London School of Economics. It was in 1956 that he immigrated to the United States as he wanted to work on Wall Street and make a fortune. This is the way George Soros entered the world of finance and investments. In fact, he always wanted to come back to England after making some money. This was because he never accepted the policies of the US. But this did not happen. Even today, he lives in the US.
It was in 1970 that George Soros launched his own hedge fund, called Soros Fund Management. Today, he is among the most successful investors in the United States.
The Open Society Foundations is a network of foundations, as well as partners, besides projects. This is spread over 100 countries. All the work and thinking of Soros is based on the philosophy of Karl Popper. Soros had his first encounter with him at the London School of Economics. Even though he never taught Soros directly, yet Soros was highly affected by his thinking. Hence the Open Society Foundation is based on the principles of democratic governance, besides respect for the rights of the individual. George Soros has a vision in life, and he continues to achieve it and Follow him Twitter.com.