Most people have heard something about George Soros at least once in their lives. Many people don’t know much about this man. His personal story is quite remarkable, and it takes the reader from Europe to the United Kingdom and then to the United States in several decades. It is a story about a man who made a life and a future for himself. And his success helped him to start giving back to people and support those in need of a lucky charm. His humble beginnings make this man who he is today.George Soros was born in Hungary before the war. In the 1930s his family didn’t know that the World War II would change their lives forever. George comes from a Jewish background, but his family managed to survive the war, and in 1947 he immigrated to London. He worked different little jobs as a waiter and a porter while he acquired his first higher education degree at the London School of Economics. He wanted to work in finance, so after he graduated, George Soros started looking for a job.
It took writing letters to all the leading banks in London till he was invited to an entry-level position. This job was his first real experience in the world of finance and showed George that he had chosen the right career.In the 50s he moved to the United States where he started working as an arbitrage trader and later as an analyst. He never gave up even though it wasn’t the easiest of career paths to follow and eventually climbed the ladder becoming a vice president and investment fund manager. This job allowed Soros to start his foundation. The Soros Fund Management was born in the early 70s and is still in business.A career in finance allowed George Soros to start his philanthropy.
Coming from a simple background, he valued education first and foremost. He donated money to the countries in the former Soviet Union to help them create world class universities.One of them is the Riga Graduate School of Law and the Baltic Republic of Latvia. Soros also contributed to set up the Central European University in Budapest. He donated money so black students could attend university in Cape Town during the apartheid in South Africa.His efforts to promote education also go hand in hand with his support of equality, democracy, LGBTI and women’s rights. George Soros supports a democratic and free society that upholds equal and universal human rights. His philanthropy is a testament to these efforts. It is clear that his personal history shaped him into a man he is today and had an impact on his beliefs. He is a survivor, and he helps others survive and thrive as much as possible.