George Soros is undisputedly a man of means. The hedge fund manager from New York continues to wield wealth and political power. From the mid-1980’s he has utilized his resources to help reshape political landscapes of nations across the globe. In most cases, he has helped re-align political leadership in various countries. Information in the public domain has it that, George Soros influences the American political landscape more than any other person alive. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.
Soros boasts of a billion dollar empire that is under his name. Conservative estimates peg his personal fortune at a colossal $13 billion with an additional $25 billion in investor’s assets under the management of his investment firm, Soros Fund Management. He is driven by the urge to transform societies and institutions and views his role as that of a messiah.
George has authored several books that provide a glimpse into his life and what defines him. The Alchemy of Finance and Underwriting Democracy are books that portray him as an outspoken person who’s full of grandiosity. His goal in life, being nothing else other than the sense of what’s right in the society.
At an early age, George Soros made a significant finding. He realized the power of money in making the world run. After making a fortune for himself, Soros has now devoted his energies to solving some of the most intractable social challenges affecting people around the world. Social justice is his guiding principle as he trudges on to achieves his vision of making the world a better place.
Soros is of Jewish descent and was born to Tividar and Erzebat Schwartz in the Year 1930. His father was an attorney by profession, but his real passion was in promoting Esperanto, an artificial language that was intended to promote cohesiveness throughout the world. Tivadar, later changed his family name from Schwartz to Soros which means the one who will soar.
In the wake of the occupation of Budapest by the Nazis in 1944, his father decided to separate the family so as to increase the chances of at least one member surviving to carry along the family name. Soros today remembers this experience has a blessing in disguise and probably one of the happiest years of his life. The experience taught him to believe in himself against any adversary. During the period of the war, he could see a lot of suffering around him but thought that he would survive.
George Soros takes an active role in philanthropy through his Open Society Foundations. The organizations borrow from the concept of Karl Popper that seeks to build accountable democracies in which leaders account to their citizens. From the year 1987, when the foundations started their operations, George Soros has been able to disseminate millions of dollars to charitable causes. Read more on NYTimes.com.