More than just a champion of the underdog, George Soros is a champion of social justice. His inspirational rags-to riches life story not only serves as an example regarding the resiliency of the human spirit but also demonstrates the power of human potential. As a philanthropist, Soros has committed his time and wealth to be a crusader for human rights, democracy and government accountability. Soros believes that the value of each individual should be acknowledged along with their right to determine their own destiny.
According to Investopedia, George Soros was born in Budapest in 1930. As a youth Soros experienced firsthand the hardships of living under tyrannical and unchecked leadership when the Nazi Regime occupied his Hungarian homeland. In 1947, Soros left Hungary and migrated to England. He attended the London School of Economics and graduated in 1952. After graduation he obtained his first job at an investment bank in London. In 1956 he immigrated to the United States and from 1956 to 1973 worked in various analysts and investment management positions. In 1973 he began his own hedge fund company by the name of Soros Fund Management which later became known as Quantum Fund. In the late 1980s when he moved away from the daily management of the Quantum Fund, he was known to be one of the wealthiest people in the world (http://www.georgesoros.com). However, while many successful and wealthy people concern themselves with a self-indulgent lifestyle, Soros chose to use his time and wealth to advocate for human rights.
Soros is best known for the creation of the Open Society Foundations. The mission of the foundation is to “work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people (excerpt from the OSF Mission Statement).” The mission statement of the foundation reflects the goals and values of its founder and chairman, George Soros. Open Society Foundations (OSF) “financially support civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media (Wikipedia)”. In 2014, OSF reported granting at least $33 million to civil rights and social justice organizations within the United States. The OSF provided funding to groups such as the Organization for Black Struggle and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment which supported social protest response to separate incidences of shootings and/or death of black citizens. OSF is currently involved in lawsuits against recently enacted voting laws which OSF has deemed restrictive to voters within particular social groups. NY Times reports that Mr. Soros has already committed the sum of $5 million toward the litigation effort.
George Soros is an empathetic advocate for the oppressed. His acknowledgment of the value of each individual is demonstrated by his active campaign for human rights. Through his experience and wealth he provides a voice and the means necessary to empower those whose lives have been exploited or devalued. Soros is clearly a champion for social justice.