George Soros is a successful hedge fund manager who has made his fortune through brilliant investment decisions. The 85-year-old New Yorker billionaire has been considered as one of the most politically powerful people in the world. He has been associated with toppling several regimes from power around the world. He has also taken center stage in shaping and influencing the American politics and culture.
He has been a financial bankroller of the Democrats and the famous one being when he spent $27 million in 2004 in a bid to try and defeat President George W. Bush. However, the project wasn’t a success, and he scaled back on his political donations until recently.
George Soros was a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton, and he even committed over $25 million to support her campaign. Sources close to him also stated that Mr. Soros was more politically engaged due to his faith in Clinton and fear of Donald Trump, who he accused of instilling fear in Americans and indirectly helping ISIS. Read his profile at Forbes.
Soros made his fortune, which is estimated to be around $25 billion from risky currency exchange. His firm, Soros Fund Management is responsible for over $30 billion of client asset management.
Soros has time and time again talked about his underlying ambition of changing the way the world works. In his two books; The Alchemy of Finance and Underwriting Democracy, he stresses that he has always had childhood fantasies of changing the world. He mentioned that he has always harbored an “exaggerated view of self-importance” and saw himself as some type of god and even an economic reformer.
George Soros ambition of wanting to change the way the system works has never left him. He has used his fortune to try and influence the societies as he mentioned in an interview with The Independent that he realized at a young age that it is money and not people that make things go round.
George Soros has been a philanthropist since 1979. In 1984, he launched Open Society Foundation, the first of many aimed at building vibrant and “tolerable” democracies. He has opened over 70 Open Society Foundations around the world that are meant to promote freedom, human rights, the rule of law, social responsibility, democracy, and social justice as a universal idea.
George Soros has never shied away from donating to noble causes. He has given out hundreds of millions of dollars to different charities. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.