George Soros, a New York hedge fund manager, is one of the most politically influential individuals in the world. Soros has used his vast influence to help realign the political arena of various countries in the world, even contributing towards the toppling of regimes which have held the reins of government for decades. His influence is majorly derived from his personal fortune and investments controlled by his firm, Soros Fund Management. Soros passionate messianic zeal greatly influences his character. He believes he is a missionary with a divine calling to transform the world together with its institutions into something better. He has expressed this rhetoric in a variety of different ways on discoverthenetworks.org. In his endeavor to change the world, Soros has indulged his social concern into a vision of a new world consistent with social justice.
George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary to a family of non-practicing Jews. His father, Tivadar was an attorney and an advocate of Esperanto, an artificial language created in the 1800s. In 1936, his father Tivadar switched his family name to Soros, an Esperanto verb meaning “will soar.” When Budapest was invaded by the Nazis in 1944, Tivadar made up his mind to separate his family to increase their chances of survival on Investopedia. He paid a Hungarian government official to take George and claim he was his Christian godson. In 1947, Soros’ family resettled in England where he attended the London School of Economics(LSE). At LSE, George Soros was exposed to Karl Popper, a Viennese-born philosopher teaching at LSE at the time and whom Soros later named his spiritual mentor. After graduating from the London School of Economics, Soros joined Singer and Friedlander, a London brokerage firm. While working for the company, he learned and became proficient in international arbitrage. After four years, Soros moved to New York to work on Wall Street as a stock trader. Later, he found work at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Inc, an investment bank on project-syndicate.org, as a portfolio manager soaring his career to new heights. George Soros settled in the United States becoming a citizen and built a fortune for himself.
Soros began engaging in philanthropy in 1979, launching Open Society Foundations five years later in his country of birth. He went ahead and established the foundation in other nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Today, Soros’ Open Society Foundations is found in more than 70 countries around the world. Having been exposed to the plight of being a refugee himself, George Soros has made gifts to various organizations which supports immigrants and refugees. In 2016, he announced that his foundation would invest $500 million in companies established by refugees and immigrants.