George Soros Gives Progressives A Strong Voice

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.

Political Involvements

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.

Philanthropic Causes

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.

Thor Halvorssen stands up for Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen isn’t your normal human rights activist. He works deep into the night (some even call his schedule “vampire hours”). The 39-year-old is also a health nut. He takes a whopping 35 supplements a day, from a sleep-inducing pill to a tree bark concoction that’s designed to prevent human cells from aging.

He’s even made plans to have his body cryogenically preserved when he dies (that’s where a lab puts it into a deep freeze) so that he might one day be able to come back to life. He’s also seen The Shawshank Redemption an estimated twenty times.

But what drives Halvorssen most of all is his fight against human rights abuses around the world. In 2005 he founded the Human Rights Foundation, which is based in New York. Through the foundation, the Venezuela-born activist leads a campaign to highlight abuses around the world, and adamantly stands against dictatorships of any political hue.

He also organizes a major annual event, the Oslo Freedom Forum, in which human rights activists come to speak to crowds of noted philanthropists in the hopes of drawing money and attention to their respective causes.

Lately, Halvorssen has been on a crusade against North Korea, a country that has been gripped by totalitarianism for 70 years. Its people are sealed off from the outside world and have endured harsh famines that have seen an estimated 3.5 million people die from starvation.

A third of North Koreans are said to be undernourished today, and there have even been reports of cannibalism. The regime hacked Sony Pictures last year in an attempt to prevent the release of, “The Interview,” a Seth Rogan film that skewers North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn

 Thor Halvorssen has organized North Korean defectors to hack the regime as a reprisal. His team also comes up with ways to send American pop-culture material and democracy promotion goods, which the North Korean regime considers contraband, into the hermetically sealed kingdom.