George Soros was set onto the track of philanthropy at a young age, in 1930 he was born in Hungary and through his youth saw the Nazi occupation of Hungary from 1944 to 1945. Being part of a Jewish family Soros saw with his own eyes a world of intolerance and along side his family helped other members of the community facing oppression to survive the occupation.As time progressed Soros eventually moved to London, where he studied economics, and nine years later in 1956 emigrated to the United States. In the United States, Soros would build a name for himself in the economic world and eventually take a lead role on the stage of philanthropy. Having amassed a fortune from Soros Fund Management, his hedge fund which he founded in 1970, Soros channeled his wealth into making the world a better place and created the Open Society Foundations.
Described on their website, the Open Society Foundations works in over 100 countries with various partners and foundations who all strive to bring equal rights to all people internationally and to protect freedom for individuals to express their ideas. Soros first worked in the world of philanthropy during apartheid in 1979, where he gave scholarships to black South Africans. During the cold war, Soros turned his attention back to Europe he worked to provide individuals the ability to express their ideas openly by bringing photocopiers to the Communist Eastern Bloc with the intent to reprint banned texts.After the end of the Cold War, Soros extended the reach of his philanthropical efforts onto an even larger global scale, working in the Africa, Asia and the United States.
As a part of his growing efforts, Soros became a strong advocate for the rights of LGBT causes, unlawfully held individuals, as well as providing the ability for individuals coming for a social disadvantage a chance to go to school.Today Soros continues to work with the Open Society Foundations and still travels in pursuit of bringing a voice for positive change to the international community. Soros acknowledges that his wealth has provided him with opportunities that many people will not have, but also has used it to bring about change in the world of the betterment of humanity as a whole and continues to do so today. Soros biography on his Official Website can be found here for further reading and information.