George Soros is the definition of a Renaissance man—a philanthropist, banker, philosopher, author—a man with an international quest for positive change.
George Soros is the chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations, an organization that awards grants to non-profits, and scholarships and fellowships to students who share the values of George Soros and his idea of the Open Society.
The ideals of an Open Society are democracy, human rights, and transparency in government. Some of the successes of the Open Society Foundations since its inception in 1979 have been awarding scholarships to black students in South Africa during the Apartheid, providing Xerox machines to copy banned texts in Eastern European countries under Communist rule on http://www.georgesoros.com/philanthropy/, providing scholarships and recognition to thousands of young Roma refugees, bringing the Roma people of Europe into the mainstream, supporting lawyers of people who are unlawfully held in countries, and working to bring transparency to natural resource extraction industries which have supported tyrants and fueled some of the world’s most hostile conflicts.
The main social issues that the Open Society Foundations work to improve around the world are education and youth, governance and accountability, health, media and information, and rights and justice. Through education, the Open Society Foundations hope to improve access to quality education to students from diverse backgrounds, while promoting critical thinking and open intellectual inquiry. Through governance and accountability, the Open Society Foundations want to ensure transparency, fairness, economic equality, and civic participation. The Open Society Foundations also work to promote healthcare that advocates for social inclusion and human rights for all, and press freedoms and freedom of information that helps defend international war criminals. The main regions impacted by the work of the Open Society Foundations are Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the United States.
George Soros has a strong tie to his homeland of Hungary, and has worked hard to help many Eastern European countries transition out of communism. George Soros was born a Jewish Hungarian, and survived World War Two by disguising himself as the godson of the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture. He was able to escape to England, and study at the London School of Economics. After unhappily working as a traveling salesmen and a goods wholesaler, George Soros wrote to every merchant bank in London with the desire to transition into the banking world. After years of dedication, he moved up the ladder in the world of London banking, and traveled to a new opportunity in the United States. Trading in stocks and creating investment funds made Soros a billionaire over the next few decades. Soros is currently one of the top thirty richest men in the world.