The Open Society Foundation has quickly grown to become one of the world’s largest networks of charitable groups thanks to the funding provided for the organization by philanthropist and founder George Soros. Best known for his work as a legendary hedge fund manager, the gamble taken by Soros on the devaluation of the British Pound resulted in him becoming known as the man who broke the Bank of England according to Forbes, Soros has spent a large amount of his time exploring the need for cultural change across many nations on the planet. As he has now developed a fortune estimated to be worth more than $25 billion George Soros believes it is his responsibility to the community he serves to give back in a way that benefits those in the greatest level of need. Read more on NYTimes.com
George Soros is not the kind of billionaire philanthropist to blindly throw money at a cause without first completing a high level of research into any difficult situation and finding the best way of assisting those being stripped of their rights. A good example of his approach to the cultural problems he encounters can be found in the way Soros sought to aid Europe’s Roma community as they sought to be accepted as members of society in the European Union; The Open Society Foundations explains George Soros has been a major donor to the legal battle taking place in European Union to integrate the Roma community into the world around us all, Soros has helped provide legal representation for the Roma community and other groups seeking to protect their rights.
The human rights of people from various communities have not been the only aspect of the work of George Soros that he has explored through The Open Society Foundations; the Hungarian born financial expert has also been seeking to assist those in Africa and Asia in battling the crippling effects of the drug war on their communities. Soros has been a strong supporter of the fight to legalize marijuana since the early part of the 21st century when he was part of a campaign to alter the tactics of the United Nations in fighting the criminal drug industry. Prior to his work in Africa and Asia, George Soros was well known for being a major supporter of the bid to bring down the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War on the side of the West. Much of the desire of George Soros to end the Cold War was located in his own history as a Hungarian who was forced to live under Soviet rule following the end of World War II, which would prompt him to take his own refugee journey across Europe to London and later New York.
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