80-year-old George Soros is the epitome of resilience and is still active in influencing policy changes through public and private advocacy with world leaders. Having fled Hungary in 1930, Soros who survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary is an enigma that ranges from a ‘rags-to-riches’ story, coupled with a reality of the typically coveted American dream. He fled to London where he attended the London School of Economics.Energetic Soros worked two part-time jobs, as a porter and waiter, to see him through school. According to Forbes.com, his move to New York marked the beginning of his good fortune. Armed with principles of investment and borrowing heavily from Karl Popper’s principles, combining science and politics, Soros was able to reach unimaginable financial heights.
One would be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that George Soros is a pure capitalist. This enigma may have amassed wealth to the tune of $25.2 billion, listing him as the 19th richest hedge-fund wizard but this has only made him more open-fisted. With over $12 billion accounted as support to open societies and national organizations, Soros affirms the relevance of Open Societies.As revealed by theatlantic.com, Soros the founder of the Open Society Foundations believes in individuals having a right to enjoy their own lives since different people develop divergent views and interests with a right to reside in peace. As such, this generous man has some causes and organizations successfully supported.From the black South Africans enjoying scholarships to the expansion of this financial assistance to the United States of America, Africa, and Asia after the collapse of the Berlin wall; his financial assistance knows no limits.
According to George Soros is fearless in supporting complex causes, some of which may not necessarily have a solution. He focuses on freedom of expression, adherence to the rule of law, accountability of governments to its citizenry, democratic governments, media matters, environmental and climate policies, marginalized and minority communities like the LGBTI.Through his philanthropic nature, he combats the capitalist threat that is typical of individuals who amass wealth and keep it for themselves using it to oppress others as coined by Karl Mark on the ‘proletariat and the bourgeoisie.’ Soros is not your typical wall street executive.
He utilizes his wealth to fight for liberal academic life and further, according to the atlantic.com, he agitates for freedom of speech and choice, literally bringing the ‘Open Society’ to life.Unlike capitalists who may not strive to empower others, Soros can, through his generous nature; create accountable, transparent, non-discriminatory and democratic societies that in turn strengthen the citizenry. He promotes the open exchange of ideas and critical thinking through endowment funds in universities. There is no end to George Soros’ contribution to societies, at home and abroad. What stands out is his resilient spirit that survived what over 500,000 Hungarian Jews were unable to escape. He has utilized this gift of life and strength in empowering and giving a voice to the voiceless.