George Soros Rejoins the Political Fray

George Soros’ life story is the quintessential rags-to-riches tale. Soros was born in Hungary in 1930. He is of Jewish heritage. Consequently, he experienced the worst forms of religious and ethnic persecution under the Nazis during the Second World War. Soros fled Hungary in 1947 after the communists took over. His experiences left him with an enduring love of freedom and opposition to all forms of authoritarianism. George Soros worked his way through the London School of Economics as a railway porter and waiter. He eventually emigrated to the United States and began a career in finance and learn more about George.

By 1970 Soros was so successful that he was able to start his own investment firm, Soros Fund Management. In the decades that followed, he built this into a fortune estimated to be about $25 billion and more information click here.

Even more striking is the commitment George Soros has shown to his philanthropic causes. His giving now totals about $12 billion. He founded the Open Society Foundations in the 1980s. These organizations now make up a network of activist and advocacy groups operating in over 100 countries. Through Open Society, Soros has championed marginalized groups like the Roma people of Europe and the LGBT community. He has worked for years to promote religious toleration, criminal justice reform and immigration reform in the United States and around the world.

In 2004, Soros donated $27 million to efforts to defeat the reelection bid of George Bush. He reached age 75 the following year. He largely dropped out of active participation in political activism at that time, perhaps discouraged by the Bush victory. However, it appears George Soros is rising again. He is a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton. His disdain for Donald Trump is well documented. Soros has said publicly that Trump’s fear-mongering tactics are actually helping ISIS. The 2016 presidential race prompted Soros to reengage in politics. He has given $25 million to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates. He also spent a great deal of money helping to defeat the reelection campaign of Arizona sheriff Joe Arapio, who was convicted of racial profiling of Hispanics. People who know Soros say they expect him to continue his renewed activism and giving to liberal political causes and George’s lacrosse camp.

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