George Soros: People’s Champion
As a young man from Hungary who worked his way to the top, George Soros continues to use his success on Wall Street as a way to help common people have equal opportunity to meet or exceed their potential.According to Forbes, Soros fled Hungary as a young man and attended the London School of Economics while working as a railway porter and a waiter. Eventually moving to New York, Soros established a hedge fund in 1969 which later became the Quantum Fund. Soros currently heads up his family office, Soros Fund Management, which has about $30 billion in assets.Even though he has experienced significant success in life, George Soros continues to look out for the rights of those who are like him when he was starting out.
Soros is heavily involved in philanthropy related to human rights and encouraging democracy throughout the world. Politico recently detailed a number of Soros’ giving endeavors. During the most recent presidential campaign, Soros was a heavy contributor to the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In addition, Soros made substantial contributions to protect voting rights. He gave $5 million to Immigrant Voters Win, a super PAC focused on increasing turnout among Hispanic voters. Soros also gave $5 million to Voting Rights Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting conservative efforts to restrict voting.
For Soros, philanthropy is nothing new. According to Politico, Soros’ international foundations have “donated more than $13 billion over the past three decades to nonprofits that aim to defend human rights, shape the democratic process in Eastern Europe and expand access to health care and education in the U.S. and around the world.” Never forgetting his humble upbringing and all the opportunities he had to make it to the pinnacle of success, George Soros continues to use his wealth to support the rights and freedoms of the world’s less fortunate and oppressed.