George Soros is a highly influential hedge fund billionaire, an opinionated leader, author and philanthropist. According to Open Society Foundation website, Soros leads the pack as a foremost philanthropist, having offered over $12 billion in lifetime giving to support various organizations and individuals. The organizations include those that champion causes such as freedom of expression, government accountability, transparency and equality and justice. His first philanthropic effort was geared towards supporting the Roma people in Europe. The Roma’s have for a long time been discriminated purely because of who they are. His push involved moving the Roma’s from the margins into the mainstream of the society.
To achieve these aims, George Soros empowered the Roma people economically and supported their education and integration. Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 to Jewish parentage. His had an intolerable experience following the NAZI occupation of Hungary between 1944 and 1945. The occupation resulted in the deaths of over half a million Hungarian Jews. His family managed to survive by escaping under a concealed identity. Soros went to London in 1947 and took up work as a railway porter and a night club waiter to fund his education at the prestigious London School of Economics. He moved to the US in 1956 and entered into the checkered world of finance, where is exploits made him the wealthy and famous man he is today. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
Soros investment background is well-documented. According to Biography.com, Soros is highly distinguished as a self made billionaire, thanks to his savvy investment decisions. When he moved to New York in September 1956, he first served at F.M. Mayer, a respected Wall Street brokerage firm. In 1973 Soros decided to make a big leap by establishing his own hedge fund, the Soros Fund. The fund was later renamed Quantum Fund and then Quantum Fund Endowment thereafter. He established the outfit using $12 million from a group of trusted investors. Soros forays in the world of finance as a hedge fund manager and stock market trader saw him rise to become one of the richest men in the world. Learn more: http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527
In September 2015, his net worth was estimated at $26 billion. His biggest break came in 1992 during the infamous UK currency crisis or Black Wednesday event when he made a staggering $1 billion in profit by betting against the British Pound. Outside philanthropy, finance and trading, Soros has authored over 12 books and many more articles, most of which have appeared in leading journals and newspapers, including the New York Times, Time magazine, Politico and the UK Independent. His topics of interest range from global capitalism and war on terror to European integration. With regards to his personal life, Soros has 5 children; he married, Tamiko Bolton in 2013. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.