George Soros has been regarded as a prominent figure in the international struggle to maintain democratic values since the emergence of his first hedge fund, Double Eagle, in 1969. Over the past thirty years, the eighty-six year old Hungarian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist has promoted human rights issues in over 100 countries through his organization the Open Society Foundation.
In 2016, Soros noticeably turned his attention to the political landscape surrounding the Trump-Clinton race. The billionaire, whose net worth totals an estimated $24.9 billion, made donations to the Clinton campaign of around $25 million. Michael Vanchon, Soros political advisor, noted that while Soros has long been a generous donor to the Democratic cause, last year’s election inspired an even greater impetus for Soros to support the party. Vanchon comments that Soros conviction was “high even before Trump became the nominee because of the hostility on the other side toward many of the issues George cares most about and has worked to support for many years, including immigration reform, criminal justice reform and religious tolerance.” Read his profile at Forbes.
Born in Budapest in 1930, Soros escaped Nazi Germany-controlled Hungary in 1947. Soros, who memorably likened the Bush administration’s rhetoric to that of the Nazi party, described the need to defeat Bush as a “matter of life and death.” Soros comments regarding Donald Trump have been even harsher than his critique of the Bush administration. Soros has accused Trump of “doing the work of ISIS” and stressed in recent writings that “the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump” must be “resisted.”
While Soros is certainly not the only entrepreneur invested in resistance to President Trump’s policies on issues ranging from immigration reform to climate change, George Soros has emerged as a leader due to his long history of philanthropy and his profound success as an investor. As the Trump presidency continues to institute policies that degrade human rights and promote the interests of the super-rich, many look to Soros as a model for other wealthy activists.
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