Money is often looked upon as being the root of all evil. However, George Soros has a different viewpoint on this age-old adage. George wants to use money to change the world for the better. When George was young, he realized that money was the only reason that he was alive. George was born Jewish, and in the 1930’s his father was watching the Olympics. That day was different than other times that the Olympics were held because Adolf Hitler was responsible for the opening ceremony. This caused a great fright to well up within George’s father. His father used his money from his career as an attorney to purchase paperwork falsifying that George and his family were Christians. Learn more about George at Biography.com.
His father felt that this may not be enough to protect his family, so he also set out to change their surname from the Jewish name of Schwartz to a new name, Soros. It springs from an Esperanto word that essentially means “to soar.” That’s exactly what George Soros has accomplished with his life; he has soared. He rose above the evils of the Nazi invaders and when Hitler was defeated, George left his homeland of Hungary for a better life in London. He applied himself diligently to studying economics and philosophy while enrolled at the London School of Economics. Karl Popper’s teachings were part of his philosophy coursework, and Karl’s belief was that the world could be changed for the betterment of all people, if only the people could be made to be free from unwanted, unjust persecution, and for society to be made open to where education could be available for all.
George graduated with a Master’s in those subjects and used his knowledge to become employed at a brokerage. He learned how to trade security ventures for great profit, and then used his assets to move out of London to New York. It was not long before George became a US citizen and earned even more capital working on Wall Street. This capital was used to start his own companies, one of which was a charity named after Karl Popper’s idea. He named it the Open Society Foundation. George uses his foundation to try and bring Karl Popper’s dream into fruition. He funds the education of the poor so that they can achieve academic success, leading into finding employment to take care of themselves, and no longer being destitute. He funds those who are sick, so that they can be made well, by granting access to proper health care. He also funds lawyers who can’t be afforded by the poor, so that they can be set free from unjust incarceration.
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