George Soros: Philantropist and Businessman

In todays’ world words like philanthropy are often underused or completely avoided altogether. However, George Soros perfectly sums up what it means to be a true philanthropist. In his years as a businessman he has created and head many organizations that help propel nations forward. Soros attended the London School of Econmics in 1947 and later became a bank merchant. This was Soros first introduction to the concepts of money and management. He would go on to earn a bachelors degree as well as a master’s degree in Philosophy. After working at the bank he later on began a job as trader for F.M. Mayer. With his knowledge of European stocks he quickly became a well known among US investors.

George Soros would travel to South Africa during the late seventies with the intent on helping the apartheid tarnished country. This would prove unsuccessful as every endeavor he encountered caused him to be pulled more into the status quo as opposed to changing it. He would then travel to Europe where he found that his own influence would be more productive. During this time he supported many different movements including: Chapter 77, Solidarity in Poland and various other social advocacy groups.

George Soros eventually would travel to his motherland of Hungary where the regime of Communism was overbearing. His efforts there proved to be most successful, as he supported open society through his foundations. The foundation became the soul of the movement which allowed for a more speedy collapse of Communism in Hungary. After the fall of Communism in Hungary, the purpose of the foundation ultimately changed. Instead of focusing on creating a new system more open system, it now focused upon building a new stronger Hungarian system. Mr. Soros had proven that when men with access to resources put their minds to something that they can indeed make a change for society.

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