George Soros Social Activist
George Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire and philanthropist, has worked tirelessly for decades to promote social justice causes. He donated more than $27 million to prevent the election of George W. Bush in 2004 but had recently been staying out of the political spotlight. During the 2016 Presidential race; Politico stated that Soros planned to attend the Democratic Convention, his first ever. However, he changed his plans due to concerns over Europe’s critical economic situation. Although he’s a longtime advocate of Democratic policies, Soros has become more involved in political causes in recent years due to the faith he puts in political leaders such as Hillary Clinton. He’s expressed concerns over the opposition’s policy of playing on the fears of the public over terrorist organizations such as ISIS, and on the hostility over social causes that are important to him. Soros fortune is an estimated to be $24.9 billion, mainly due to currency trading. Read this story about George at politico.com
Soros was born in Hungary to an upper-class, Hungarian-Jewish family. As a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Hungary, Soros wasn’t allowed to attend school. Soros and other Jewish children in Budapest had to report to the Jewish Council and asked to hand out notices to Jewish residents who were being deported. He took the notes to his father who told him that the people listed were Jewish lawyers. His father instructed him to go to each of the people on the list and tell them not to report, or they’d face deportation. His family survived the Siege of Budapest, and Soros father was responsible for saving the lives of many Hungarian Jews. Soros background made him aware of issues such as reforms to the criminal justice system, religious tolerance, and immigration reform, and he’s spent years supporting those causes.
Forbes has stated that George Soros is the 19th wealthiest person in the world and became active in philanthropy during the 1970s. He provided funding for black students in South Africa to attend the University of Cape Town when the country was under apartheid. For years George Soros has supported the democratization of former Soviet states by non-violent methods. He now works to encourage emerging nations to be open and free thinking. George Soros international foundations have donated more than $13 billion over 30 years to improve education, healthcare, and work on the democratic process in Eastern European countries. In his work with the Democracy Alliance, he has sought to build long-term strategies to combat causes such as improving economic conditions for workers, getting big money out of politics, and climate change. Know more on Business Insider about George Soros.