George Soros the billionaire philanthropist extraordinaire donated as much as $36 million to various groups behind the People’s Climate March between the years 2000 to 2014. This is in line with Soros’s track record of making handsome donations to the Democratic Party, as well as many left-wing causes. A case in point is his $10 million donation to Priorities USA Action the leading PAC backing Hillary Clinton in the last election.
He also donated $2 million to another PAC, the American Bridge 21st Century, which was vehemently against Trump being elected President. Yet another $5 million were committed by Soros to a nonprofit engaged in fighting efforts by the conservatives to restrict voting. As a matter of fact the ability of this Hungarian immigrant who made it very big in the financial markets to put his money where his mouth is when it came to supporting the causes that were dear to him, is nothing short of remarkable. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
What was also incredibly remarkable was how he made his $24.9 billion fortune by an audacious currency trade. Never one to shy away from lending his support to causes he considers worthwhile, Soros actively funded the Ferguson protests against the shooting of unarmed black men by the police. If one were to go back in time Soros has always extended a helping hand to the marginalized and oppressed peoples of the world.
The extent of his involvement and commitment can be gauged from the fact that he has donated as much as a mind-boggling $12 billion till now. Perhaps the genesis of this lies in his being a Hungarian Jew who barely managed to escape being exterminated by the Nazis during the Second World War. The advent of communism in Hungary in 1947 saw him go the London and the rest they say is history.
Once he had made his fortune as an investor in the U.S., he wasted very little time in creating the open society foundations in over a hundred countries with the express mandate of advocating a democratic form of government, freedom of expression as well as the respect for an individual’s rights. As far back as 1979, George Soros offered scholarships to black South African students in the times of the Apartheid regime. In the 1980s he helped the spread of information in the communist countries by supplying photocopiers that were used to make copies of texts that were banned in those lands.
The end of the Cold War saw him turn his attention to his adopted country the U.S.A. as well as Asia and Africa providing support to movements engaged in creating more transparent, democratic and accountable societies. For Soros, the war on drugs was a problem too and a worse one than the problem of the war on drugs in his opinion. In fact, he in a way helped start the medical marijuana movement in the US. The early 2000’s saw him come out in support of same-sex marriage. Visit his site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.
He has also provided legal aid to represent thousands of people detained illegally as well as help the Roma of Europe to get integrated into the mainstream of society.
They truly and really don’t make people like Soros anymore.