George Soros is the current chairman and co-founder of Soros Fund Management the Open Society Foundations. After being successful in the world of finance, George Soros founded the Open Society Foundations in 1979 and started being active as a donor. His first donation went to South Africa through helping the black students attend Cape Town University during a time when apartheid was a norm in South Africa. For the unfortunate black student both aspiring and continuing students, he organized for a scholarship that enabled them to fulfill their dreams just like the counterpart white students.
The Open Society Foundation has accomplished much since 1979 and today it operates in more than 100 countries with annual expenditures that reached $835 million in 2011. The Open Society Foundation’s aim is to promote the values of open society, transparency, and ensure the community respects the human rights of every individual. George Soros would not have been able to found Open Society Foundation if it were not for the success he gained in the financial markets that gave him a greater degree of independence than most of his billionaire counterparts.
The success he gained the financial markets was one of the pillars he took as an advantage to take a stand on controversial issues affecting our society according to http://www.georgesoros.com/the-life-of-george-soros/. Many people who are billionaires and others with powers to make a change in the society believe that the government can only tackle some issues, and they shy away to help in other societal issues. However, George Soros is ultimately an exception because his foundation deals with them most controversial issues that are only believed to be either the role of government and particular civil activists.
George Soros has been under fire in his birthplace, Hungary after the politicians accused him of promoting and supporting the illegal migration of refugee amid the refugee crisis that has brought the right-wing government under pressure. The government representatives of Hungary such as the Prime Minister Victor Orban condemned Soros’s efforts saying that promoting the acceptance of the illegal migrant through supporting the liberal migrant policies and backing various human rights activists through his charity was offensive to the government that has done all it can to deal with the crisis.
According to Financial Times, Soros said the frontline states such as Hungary were neglecting their asylum obligations. He, therefore, suggested that Europe countries to provide a comprehensive refugee plan which would act as the pillar to provide each asylum seeker with about $16,800 annually for two years to help them cover for healthcare, housing, and education costs. However, Soros is not the only person condemning the Hungary’s move to reject asylum seekers. Other EU leaders have also lambasted Hungary’s regime for its tough stance on migration following the construction of a four-meter high wall along some sections of the border with Serbia.
George Soros is best known for his Open Society Foundation (OSF) which promotes democracy in countries that seem to have a closed system of government. The OSF runs many programs in many countries outside its Hungarian Capital of Budapest.
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