George Soros: Shaping his World with his Wealth
George Soros is undoubtedly one of the greatest investors of the 21st century. He has evolved from a little boy on the stuffy streets of Budapest, Hungary, hiding from the Nazis to the confident, erudite investor of the 21st century, predicting the trends of markets around the world and making megabucks while doing it.
George Soros has been the target of a smear campaign linking him to a conspiracy to enforce neoliberal hegemony. His attackers have accused him of funding violent protests in Czech, Ukraine, and Georgia. Prominent among these attacks is from Glenn Beck, Fox commentator. Beck falsely insinuates that Soros instigated coups abroad while also implying that he plans to accomplish one in the United States. Beck and many more people accused him of being a Neo-Nazi and supporting the Nazi cause during the Second World War. Contrary to these insinuations, Soros is a survivor of Nazi brutality.
Born as a Jew in Budapest in 1930, George Soros is a survivor of the Holocaust. As the Nazis made a desperate attempt to destroy the Jewish community in Hungary, 14year old George Soros was a messenger for the Jewish Council, a conservative group made of ancient and terrified Jewish men. The Jewish Council thought that if the Jewish community was calm and subservient, and followed the Gestapo’s every command, they might survive. Soros was sent to alert Jews on biography.com to report to various collection points around the city. Instead, the young Soros, prompted by his canny father, urged defiance. He survived the war, alongside his father and other family members because his father disguised the family’s Jewish identity with forged documents.
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After the war, Communist dictatorships soon replaced Nazi brutality. He witnessed the emergence of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe and grew up to hate communism with a passion on opensocietyfoundations.org. He later migrated to England and studied at the London School of Economics, where he discovered his penchant for financial markets. His first opportunity to dominate the financial world came in 1956 when he took a job on Wall Street. His father who was an anti-Communist eventually joined him.
Soros has never looked back since then. He is one of the 50 richest men in the world and has used his wealth to promote great causes. He has made billions of dollars forecasting the rise and fall stocks and currencies around the world. Soros is also one of the most popular philanthropists in the world, funding anti-Communist, pro-democratic, and Pro-liberal causes across the world. He is known to give support, through his Open Society Foundations, to democracy movements in many countries. Apart from fighting communism in Europe, he contributed immensely to the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama.
Despite being an immigrant, he has risen beyond his harsh childhood and made himself one of the richest people in the world. Soros made and still makes his billions in the unscrupulous world of stock and currency speculation. He does it with a passion and dexterity that is unrivaled.