George Soros was one of the first philanthropists in the world to dedicate more than $ 32 billion in personal wealth to funding civil society work around the world.

He is also the founder and principal financier of the Central European University in Budapest, a leading regional center for the study of social sciences.
Under his leadership, Open Society has supported individuals and organizations worldwide who struggle for freedom of expression, accountability and a society that promotes justice and equality. He provided school and university fees for thousands of successful students who would be excluded from opportunities because of their identity or where they lived.

The offer is often focused on those who face discrimination. He supported groups representing Europe's Roma and others pushed for social advancement, such as drug users, sex workers and LGBT people.

  • Born in Hungary in 1930, Soros had undergone Nazi occupation in 1944-1945, resulting in the killing of more than 500,000 Hungarians. His Jewish family survived by obtaining false identity documents, hiding their histories and helping others do the same. Soros later recalled, "Instead of surrendering to our destiny, we resisted the forces of evil that were greater than our own and we conquered. We not only survive but we can help others. ” When the Communists consolidated power in Hungary after the war, Soros left Budapest in 1947 to London, working part-time as a freight train and night waiter to support his studies at the school. London School of Economics.
  • In 1956 he immigrated to the US, entering the financial and investment world in which he had to pursue his own fortune. In 1970, he founded his own hedge fund, Soros Fund Management, one of the most successful investors in US history. Soros took his fortune creating OpenSociety Foundations, a network of partners and projects in more than 100 countries. Their names and work reflect the influence of Soros's thinking on Karl Popper's philosophy that Soros encountered at the London School of Economics.
  • In the book Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Popper societies can flourish when they allow democratic governance, freedom of expression and respect for individual rights – an approach to the function of the Open Society Foundation. Charity in 1979, giving scholarships to black South Africans
  • In 1980, Sousus promoted exchange of ideas in Hungary and funded Western study visits and support of emerging independent cultural groups and other initiatives. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he established the Central European University as a place to stimulate contemplation, at that time the idea of ​​foreigners at most universities in the former communist bloc.
  • The Cold War ended, and he gradually expanded humanitarian activities to the US, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, supporting more recent efforts to create accountability, transparency and a democratic society. He was one of the first ones to criticize the war on drugs. In the early 2000s, he became a fan of same-sex marriage. Although his cause evolved over time, they continued to pay attention to his ideals of open society.

His offering goes far beyond his own foundation supporting independent organizations such as Global Witness, International Crisis Group, The European Council on Foreign Affairs and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Now over 80 years old, Soros is still active and traveling the world.

2017: Soros transfers his $ 18 billion fortune to a future work-life fund that brings his total contribution from 1984 to over $ 30 billion>