George Soros has truly lived up to the meaning of his family name. He was born in Budapest Hungary in the early 1930s. His family lineage, according to Wikipedia, is Hungarian Jewish, non-religious and well-to-do. As the prevailing attitude of the time became more tense and antisemitic, the family changed its last name from Schwartz to Soros, meaning either next in line, or designated successor in the native tongue.
Soros credits his father for displaying heroism when he was about age 14. His father succeeded in hiding the identity of some Hungarian Jews who were being sought by the Nazi Party under the command of German leader, Adolph Hitler. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com.
Soros moved to England in the late 1940s where he attended the London School of Economics and received his undergraduate and post-graduate degree in philosophy. This aided his later strategy in market investing and in developing the concept of reflexivity in the markets.
Soros began his business career after experiencing a low point in working as a traveling salesman. He secured a position as a clerk with Singer and Friedlander Merchant Bank in London, and soon transferred to the Arbitration Department. In the late 1950s, he moved to the USA and continued his career venture in New York working for F.M. Mayer. His role was similar to that held at Singer and Friedlander Merchant Bank.
During the 1970s, Soros along with some key investment strategists, created a portfolio and hedge funds that exceeded expectation over the succeeding decades. According to the Washington Times, Soros gained much of his fortune from the currency crisis that occurred in England during the early 1990s.
Soros was involved as a major donor in the last three US Presidential elections. Politico places him alongside other elite donors including Haim Saban, Tom Steyer and Don Sussman. These donors contributed to the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and numerous super PACs within the Democratic Party. Soros makes his donations through his Open Society Foundations. His political interests were criminal justice reform, immigration reform and religious tolerance according to Politico.
Some of the super PACs that Soros has contributed to include:
Immigrant Voters Win, American Bridge 21st Century and Planned Parenthood Votes. It is estimated Soros contributed $8 million to the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
According to records reviewed by the Washington Times, Soros donated over $30 million to help fund groups involved in the recent Ferguson, Missouri protest calling for citizen equality in police matters. It is estimated that George Soros has donated about $13 billion over the past 30 years toward international causes focused toward healthcare, education and political reform. He aids the collective progressive voice in expressing itself. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.