George Soros has been a follower of the philosophical theory of the open society for many years as he feels this is one of the most important theories in society after he himself was exposed to it as a student studying at the London School of Economics. In terms of the philanthropic work completed by George Soros the Hungarian born U.S. citizen has always felt a kinship with those who are displaced or excluded from the majority within society as he was forced to hide from Nazi German forces who occupied his native Hungary from 1944 to 1945 and murdered more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews who were not as lucky as Soros to survive. Over the course of his successful career that began in 1957 with a planned short term move to Wall Street, George Soros has provided more than $12 billion in funding for philanthropic causes through his own Open Society Foundations and in private funding for good causes across the globe.
Many people question why a successful hedge fund manager like George Soros, who is reported by Forbes to have more than $25 billion in personal wealth and owns the Soros Fund Management company with over $30 billion in managed assets, would find so many good causes. The deep sense of closeness George Soros feels to refugees and other marginalized groups in society has led to him seeking to create ways of bringing each and every person into their local community in a bid to change the way the world is seen by all people regardless of age, sex, gender, or religious faith. The Open Society Foundations reports George Soros often finds himself working for the aid of those who are discriminated against within society and are often stripped of their basic human rights, such as Roma groups in Europe who have benefited from the largest integration program in the history of the continent. Read more on NYTimes.com
George Soros developed his initial philanthropic work as a response to the problems being seen in South Africa in the 1970s when the Apartheid program was in operation and the hedge fund manager hoped to provide funding for educational opportunities for those trapped under the regime. The Open Society Foundations was originally created in 1979 by Soros as he sought to develop a new way of educating and integrating as many different groups into society as possible; the group has expanded with the aid of the funding of George Soros to now operated programs in over 100 countries across the globe in a bid to create a new policy for integrating as many people as possible into society to live a healthy, free life with the aid of funding provided by George Soros.
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