The Giving Life of George Soros
According to Forbes.com, which has written an extensive profile on him, George Soros is a self-made billionaire whose life is a picture of generosity that should inspire each and every one of us. Like a true American tale (though he was born in Hungary) Soros began in the back breaking field of railroad work. Besides earning a living by the sweat of his brow he also spent time working as a waiter but did not seem to stay there for very long. These two occupations of railroad work and waiter could not point to the success Soros would soon become. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.
Soros left those two jobs and in 1969 started the hedge fund that would later come to be known as the Quantum Fund. Using this business Soros would amass a net worth of a little over $25 billion.
Most poor people think rich people are greedy, self-contained, and only interested in bettering themselves. This is not true of Soros. According to the site Discover the Networks, Soros came into contact with the philosophy of Karl Popper while attending the London School of Economics. Poppers philosophy spoke of an open society that should not think itself better than others but rather of a society that works alongside others to better the living conditions of all mankind.
According to Discover the Networks’ section pertaining to Soros’ non-profit “Open Socitey Foundations” Soros would put his philosophy into practice by opening OSF in 1984 within his home country of Hungary. Working diligently OSF grew into a global phenomenon whose power directly affected governments. To quote Soros directly OSF’s mission was to “build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.”
In order to make this political agenda a reality he began donating his own personal wealth to these causes. In 1987 he was giving nearly $3 million a year to these charities but by 1992, only 5 years later, he was giving nearly $300 million a year! Soros’ foundations would soon span the globe and today they can be found in over 70 different countries. Learn more on Biography about George
George Soros continued expanding his social justice worldview through politicians such as Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and Bill Clinton’s former administration official Morton Halperin. It was through powerful men and women that George Soros made his dream a reality.
It is said that it takes a team to make a dream. The life of Soros shows this precept clearer than any other. Through his organizations he has truly left this world a better place than when he first arrived.