Few financial experts have had such an amazing impact on the lives of the people of the world as George Soros, who has become one of the world’s leading philanthropists after creating his own network of charitable groups, the Open Society Foundations. Initially, Soros was focused on aiding those stranded in Cold War Eastern Bloc countries and Apartheid South Africa who faced a loss of their rights including the right to an education; the Open Society Foundations reports George Soros often focused his work on the development of educational opportunities for young African men living under the4 restrictive racial policies of Apartheid before extending his work across the globe. Much of the more than $13 billion in funding the man Forbes rates as the 21st richest person in the world has provided has gone to providing educational opportunities, such as the establishment of the University of Central Europe that is dedicated to advancing the cause of critical thinking across the former Soviet nations. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
As the work of the Open Society Foundations has advanced over the years, George Soros has looked to extend his work to areas of social justice within the U.S., Africa, and Asia. George Soros remains one of the world’s leading investment specialists and seeks to develop his own Soros Fund Management brand even as he remains an active figure within the philanthropic world. One of the claims often made about George Soros is his backing of the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement, in fact, George Soros has been funding many of the groups that are involved in the movement for a number of years as the need to create a fairer social justice system has become a major part of the work of the Open Society Foundations. The Washington Times reports Soros and the open Society Foundations have provided annual funding of around $33 million to a range of groups and civil rights organizations involved in both “#BlackLivesMatter” and the Ferguson protests.
Turning a local shooting by a law enforcement officer into a major international news story involved the use of a George Soros-funded Website, “Colorlines”, that included bringing journalists, activists, and community organizers into the Ferguson, Missouri area from across the U.S. The fact George Soros-funded groups played a major role in the development of the Ferguson protests into a global news phenomenon says more about the diverse groups backed by the Open Society Foundations than it does about Soros jumping on the latest trend in civil rights. Instead, George Soros has continued to work in a way that allows him to provide funding for charitable groups backing the Holocaust survivors bid to bring about police reform and social justice changes for the people of the U.S. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com