George Soros is perhaps one of the most selfless and dedicated philanthropists around. He is the Founder and presiding chair of the Open Society Foundations. If you are not conversant with this group, it’s a network of partners and community-based organizations that do charitable work. These charitable organizations have spread around every continent gaining influence in over a hundred nations.
George Soros is also a respected scholar, thinker, and influencer of public opinion. He came up with the idea of an Open Society after observing and intervening in cases of oppression on various occasions. By then, Soros was a hedge fund manager with a growing career. He was making headlines in New York, and London and investors rushed to him to receive advice and make deals.
George Soros counts himself lucky to have achieved tremendous success in life. Five decades ago, he was an active student at the London School of Economics. A premier institution that produced the best brains in the world at the time. Some years before then, Soros was a young man in Budapest with a passion for education and a big dream. The struggles he encountered in his early life taught him great life lessons.
Soros acknowledges the need to accept the truths of life and the fact that nobody can understand all aspects of life. As a result, one must have a free thinking mind. A collection of such thinkers in society enables the people to appreciate diversity and, therefore, offer equal opportunities to all. Such ideological views form part of philosophical tenets behind the Open Society Foundations.
Furthermore, George realized the need to spread the idea across the world hence his retirement from hedge fund administration to philanthropy. He made substantial gains in establishing open societies around the world. However, it comes at a price that is controversy and criticism. For instance, his involvement in condemning the communist order in the Eastern bloc haunts him till today.
Being a pro-democrat, many of his projects in Ukraine and Northern Russia have been achieving monumental success. However, the Russian government does not support these ideas hence a conflict of interest. In 2015, the government had seen enough and acted by listing two of Soros’ projects as security threats.
The ban has recently forced authorities to start operations to wipe out any signs of the organizations. The latest victim was the library at Vorkuta Mining and Economic College where books donated by Soros were put on fire.