George Soros is a renowned philanthropist world over. He has given out more than $12 billion so far that has gone to fund organizations and persons who fight for the rights of marginalized groups and persons, such as LGBTI people, drug users, and Roma people. The advocacy includes freedom of speech, government accountability, transparency, equality, and justice. George Soros was prompted to fund these groups by his own experience. Soros’ family survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary in the 1940s by faking their papers. He moved to London after the war and enrolled at the London School of Economics. He supported his studies through menial jobs as a railway porter and a waiter. George moved to the United States in 1956 to start his career in finance and investments. He started his company, Soros Fund Management, in 1970 and rose to become a prominent investor in the United States. After gathering enough resources, George Soros started the Open Society Foundations.
George Soros’ philanthropic works run far and wide. His first project was in 1979 when he gave scholarships to black South Africans. He later got involved in photocopying texts that were banned in the Communist Eastern Bloc. His participation promoted the exchange of ideas more openly. George Soros later created a critical thinking platform, the Central European University which saw the Soviet community open up to the world. George Soros continued with his philanthropic work, expanding to the United States, Africa, and Asia. His mission throughout the causes he undertook was to achieve an open society. He was actively involved in protesting the war on drugs while criticizing the approach adopted. He was part of the founders of the medical marijuana movement in the United States. George has over the years funded the legal representation of unlawfully held individuals as well as education for marginalized people. The organizations that have benefited from his support include the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Institute for New Economic Thinking among others. George Soros has continued to be actively involved in the running of the Open Society Foundations even in his old age. Read his profile at Forbes.
Ferguson and Missouri Protests Funding
George Soros funded the Ferguson, Missouri protest movement supporting the activists with 33 million dollars. The funding went to several groups that networked and shared ideas, creating a powerful effect. Groups, such as Make the Road New York and the Drug Policy Alliance, sent representatives early enough to Ferguson. He also financed the groups that created the Hands Up Coalition in Missouri and Dream Defenders. The Ferguson protests were supported by other groups such as the Gamaliel Foundation and individuals such as Kassandra Frederique from the Drug Policy Alliance. Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference also sent some representatives. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.