George Soros is a Jewish, born in Hungary in 1930 as (Gyorgy Schwartz). He lived through World War I of 1944-5 and his family survived by forging identification documents and concealing their backgrounds. Soros names then changed because of the anti-Semitic persecutions. He left Budapest in 1947 for London where he joined the London School of Economics to study philosophy and finance. He first worked as a railway porter and as a waiter in a nightclub to support his studies. He also did other casual jobs.
While in England and pursuing his studies, Soros approached a Jewish institution to see him through the hard times, but the institution did not help. George however, concentrated on his philanthropic contributions in supporting groups that had pseudo hidden anti-Semitic flavors.
George Soros together with his brother moved to New York in 1956 from where he built his fortune. He started his finance and investment business and became a very brilliant financier and knowledgeable beyond imagination. He started Soros fund management in 1970. He later created open society network of foundations in more than 100 countries. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
George Soros has been funding to support individuals and organizations all over the world so as to help in fighting freedom of expression, transparency, accountability of governments and other civil society organizations that promote justice and equality. His giving is mainly focused to the marginalized and discriminated people. These include drug addicts, sex workers, and LGBTI people.
In 1979, when Soros began his desire to promote the welfare of people, he gave scholarships to South Africans under apartheid. In 1980’s he donated photocopiers to reprint banned texts which helped in promoting the open exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. When the Berlin Wall fell, Soros created the Central European University as a space to foster critical thinking.
After the cold war, George Soros expanded his work to support new efforts of creating more accountable, transparent, and democratic societies in the United States, Africa, and Asia. Soros started America’s medical marijuana movement. He also became a vocal backer of same-sex marriage efforts from 2000.
Soros has been supporting lawyers that represent unlawfully held individuals and provided University fees for promising students from marginalized groups. The organizations he has supported include Global Witness, The International Crisis Group, The European Council of Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Soros travels the world to support his foundation work and to advocate for positive policy changes with leaders.
George Soros had one brother Paul, who was an engineer and also a philanthropist and an investor like his brother. George quoted that he was not doing his Philanthropic work out of any guilt, or any need to create good public relations, but because he believed that he could afford it. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.