It is no secret that George Soros is one of the world’s greatest philanthropists. He is known as one of the main founders of the Central European University in Budapest which is one of the country’s leading learning establishment for social science. And Forbes has reported his real-time net worth at $8 billion. However, his contributions through the Open Society Foundations are also recognized all over the world.
George Soros has donated over $32 billion dollars from his personal fortune over the years to fund the world-wide work of the Open Society Foundation. Open Society Foundation is an organization which assists individuals and organization around the world in their fight for accountable government, societies that establish justice and equality, and freedom of personal expression.
George Soros has a heart for those who are persucuted for being who they are. His compassion was founded in events from his own life. He was born in Hungary in 1930, and survived the Nazi occupation from 1944 to 1945. Soros, part of a Jewish family, survived by obtaining false identity papers, creating false backgrounds, and helping other Jewish Hungarians to do the same. Over 500,000 other Hungarian Jews were not so fortunate, and George Soros has never forgotten that.
After his first-hand experience of intolerance, George Soros has been giving back. He started in 1979 by funding scholarships for black South Africans under apartheid. Though he has given to many organizations, Open Society Foundations has been the recipient of over $18 billion of Soros’ contributions. The New York Times reports this as being one of the largest transfers of private wealth to a singe organization.
Open Society was founded by George Soros 30 years ago. In more than 120 countries, the Open Society Foundation is at work promoting human rights democracy. In recent years the organization has been more noticeable in investing its programs for the protection of rights for gays and lesbians.
During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the Open Society Foundation funded treatment centers. After the 2016 election’s wave of “hate crimes”, George Soros gave $10 million to help fight against the violence.
George Soros, now in his 80’s, still takes an active interest in the activities of the Open Society Foundation. He travels around the world to privately publicly meet with leaders. George Soros continues to be an advocate for positive policy changes.
Throughout George Soros’ career, he has remained constant in taking on the world’s most unmanageable problems. Soros is known for taking on the under dog of problems, always favoring a losing battle battle in the name of helping those in need. Soros knows that many of the problems he takes on may never see a completely satisfactory solution.
Though a major amount of contributions has been given by George Soros to the Open Society Foundation, his generosity has also extended to other organizations such as Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council of Foreign Relations, and the New Economic Institution. and Follow him Twitter.com