George Soros is a liberal billionaire. He is arguably also the most generous man in the whole world, having given away more than 12 billion dollars in the span of his life. He has always cherished his freedom although his formative years had at some point been shrouded by an oppressive and racially discriminating regime. The intelligent and insightful stock trader and daring economist, however, was able, even at a time when his kind was going through ethnic cleansing and genocide, able to protect himself, his kin and others. Learn more about George at Biography.
Born in Hungary at a time when the Nazi regime had encroached in on the sovereign nation and set camp to annihilate all the Hungarian Jews, George Soros and his family resolved to survive the evils of discrimination and racism at any cost. The Nazi regime killed over half a million Jews in his country but was unable to touch the clever young man or his family as they forged documents to fake their identities and those of other Jews who were lucky enough to know the Soros family. He later managed to leave Budapest and went to London to work as a railway porter and a nightclub waiter to support his studies at the London School of Economics. He later immigrated to the United States to realize the American dream as an economist and investor.
His journey to philanthropy began with his financial independence. He started his own hedge fund in 1970 and spent nine good years just amassing wealth and securing his financial stability. He then created the Open Society Foundations, and by 1979, he had been offering scholarships to black South Africans who had been determined to use the education he offered them to fight the Apartheid Regime. He even helped print banned literature in oppressive African regimes to emancipate the thinking of the oppressed igniting their liberal spirit and igniting them to fight for their rights. With time, the whole world had been feeling his presence and his financial muscle, which he flexed to assist people who were facing discrimination for their identities and political convictions
The Ferguson Protests
After the illegal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old African American boy, violent protests sparked in Ferguson Island igniting racial tensions across all of the United States. Fearing that police brutality and unorganized demonstration would lead to anarchy and racially-oriented violence, Soros, through his foundations and funds, decided to intervene to better organize the demonstrations into a national demonstration demanding for accountability by police officers for their actions. George Soros spent at least 33 million dollars to coordinate the masses in on-ground demonstrations, social media protests and national bus rides for activists and lobby groups that acted in concerted efforts to address all the racially-oriented grievances that they had against the police. He directly funded the demonstrations and also directed beneficiary lobby groups of his funding to participate in piecing up literature to document police brutality, racial profiling, and unaccountability. Such entities that had critical roles to play in the Ferguson protests due to his generosity and direction included the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, Drug Policy Alliance, Equal Justice USA and the Advancement Project and Center for Community Change. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.