Considered by many to be a titan of financial investment, George Soros has more on his resume than a long list of successful investments (although long the list would certainly be). This wealthy Hungarian-born billionaire, who spawned from humble beginnings, takes a philanthropic stance with his wealth in the face of ever-growing opposition.
Open Society is perhaps Soros’ most recognizable charity. It was established in 1979 by an already wealthy Soros after he concluded that his investment management had provided him with more than enough money. George acknowledges that his financial and investment successes have given him more freedom than most are afforded. He also insists that with that level of financial freedom comes the responsibility in exercising it, which is why he is obliged to take firm and loud stances on controversial issues, both verbally and financially. His strongest stance is arguably for democracy. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com
His support of open democracy in over 100 countries has made George Soros a champion for human rights on a global scale. He believes that governments should be accountable to their citizens and has made considerable financial donations in various areas to ensure that democracy is established and uncompromised. Open Society was created with the hope that authoritarian governments would, indeed, be replaced by open societies. A goal Soros still works toward to this day. While many thought Soros to be slowing down his donation pace, he committed $25 million to liberal campaigns and causes in the United States of America in hopes of securing the rights of the American people by helping to finance liberal campaigns and causes. His fierce and open critique of the Republican Party leadership, along with his financial support for liberal organizations, have helped to combat the often-used fear and confusion tactics of the conservative GOP.
George Soros is a loud and proud advocate for the common man. Even though his donations don’t guarantee a win for the good guys, it puts them within striking distance many times. So as we continue what will be a long hard fight for balanced government and equal rights, let’s all move forward remembering what the man himself said:
“Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.”– George Soros
Read his profile at Forbes.