George Soros is a man who despite his fame and fortune, never really wanted to be in the limelight of the public eye. He started his life in humble beginnings, born in Hungary; he lived his early life in Budapest during which time he had to struggle to survive as a Jew during the Nazi occupation. He did things that not many of us would be able to find the internal fortitude to do just to stay alive, and it changed his outlook of life, and humanity. It was the beginnings of a set of changes that would lead him to not only great financial success, but to also great acts of kindness and philanthropy that have made a major impact on the world at large.
George fled Hungary when he was a young adult and moved to London, where he enrolled in the London School of Economics where he gained a degree while working as a railroad porter and a waiter. After completing school, he got his first job in the financial sector when he took a position with a merchant bank. Soon he found that he was a natural with money and the intricacies of complex financial. Some said that it seemed as if he had a god given talent, a natural instinct for making the right financial moves at the right time.
He later moved to New York City, where he started a Wall Street career that led to the development of his own hedge fund, now known as The Quantum Fund, with only $12M. Even to this day he is a driving force behind Soros Fund Management, his family office, which currently holds more than $30B in gross assets. Read more about George at The New York Times.
In the United States he is best known, perhaps, for his political activism and work toward equality for all. These are important concepts to George Soros, who believes that all men are created equal and that it is the inherent responsibility of governments to provide for the greater good while not infringing on the inalienable human rights of freedom and self-growth. He is a vibrant component of the modern political landscape in the United States, being a fair but outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, while also funding many public outcry events on topics ranging from Ferguson, to marriage equality, to “RussiaGate”, to the dismantling of Dodd-Frank, and changes to environmental protection regulations which may harm the planet. He is an outspoken critic of international policies which deny human rights, and has worked with many human rights and charitable aid foundations to help those affected by poverty and low education in Africa and Asia. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.
George Soros is a man who never wanted to be famous, and he certainly didn’t set out to be one of the richest men in the world, but through both, he found the ways and means to do the one thing that he did always want to do, help others and make the world a better place.