A Globally Influencing Entity: George Soros

About His Early Life:

Hungarian-American industrialist, investor, philanthropist, political activist and author, George Soros immigrated to England and enrolled as a student at the London School of Economics. Consistently working his way through his youth, George Soros continued his studies to earn a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and a Master of Science in philosophy in 1951, both from the London School of Economics.

Notable Publications:

George Soros is known as one of the best-selling authors today. His writings discuss the ways of approaching investing and businesses, as he shares his perspective on politics, economics, globalization, philanthropy and open societies. One of his profound books is “The Alchemy of Finance” which is a special edition of his classic investment book. This book offers a great deal of information regarding the trends in the current financial market. Other well-known publications of his include; “Soros on Soros: Staying Ahead of the Curve,” “Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism” and “The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power.”

Working as the Chairman of the Soros Fund Management, he gained an immense amount of popularity for his tendency to take risks when it came single currency speculations on Forbes. He later came to be known as the man who broke the pound, and thus the Bank of England, because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pound sterling, which made him a profit of $1billiom during 1992.

During his early life, Soros struggled through getting a job and hence spent these years as a traveling fancy-goods seller. This, he described as a period when he hit rock bottom. His career officially started when he applied for a job at some merchant banks, out of which he got acceptances at Singer and Friedlander, starting off as a clerk. Later, he moved to New York and specialized in European stocks at http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267, which paid since there was a rise of interest in European stocks interest around the US. Soon, he had the opportunity to work further with big names such as Wertheim and Co. as an analyst of European Securities, and later at Arnold and S. Bleichroeder, where he was appointed as Vice President. In 1970 Soros founded the Soros Fund Management and became its chairman.

Since 1979, Soros’ company has served as a massive funding entity when it comes to philanthropy. Up to this date, George Soros has funded a wide range of organizations across the globe, with figures amounting to as much as over $12 billion. He started out by providing funds to help black students attend the Universities of Cape Town in Apartheid, South Africa. Additionally, he used his funds to promote non-violent democratization in the post-Soviet states. His focus greatly influenced the face of discriminated populations. He did not just restrict his philanthropy to England, but also, in fact, spread it over to the US during the Cold War. His inherent value of humanitarianism was evident in his support for lawyers and paralegals that represented bodies that are unlawfully held.

Political activism is his stronghold, as is clear from his eagerness about opening up the once-closed communist societies on opensocietyfoundations.org of Eastern Europe. Being an advocate of open societies in recent years, Soros invested a great deal of time in political activism, researching and writing about the role of the US in world affairs and the issues that the US deals with regarding political freedom, human rights, and education. His staunch belief and driving force is the idea that most of the times, one has to move in herds, but emerge at the front of the line when given a chance, which is exactly what he did in his life.