The work of hedge fund icon George Soros has taken him from London to New York, and now to become a global figurehead for many different political and philanthropic groups. Over the course of his life, George Soros has developed a liberal, left leaning network of charitable groups under the name, the Open Society Foundations; the group has been developed using the theory of the open society that was first put forward by philosopher Karl Popper who taught Soros during his time as a student at the London School of Economics. The Open Society Foundations reports Soros had left his homeland of Hungary as a teenager on a refugee journey that took him to London where he worked as a waiter and kitchen porter to pay for his schooling at the globally respected college. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.
Biography reports Soros began to express his views as a philanthropist in the 1970s when his backing of the purchase of copying equipment for resistance groups living under Communist rule in a number of Eastern European countries led to his forming of the Open Society Foundations. The principles of the foundation are loosely based on those from Popper’s book, “The Open Society and It’s Enemies”, which detail how any group that believes it has reached a state of political utopia has become a failing state and should not believe its ideology is above that of any other nation. The Open Society Foundations works to bring democracy, peach, and human rights to people around the world who are living under oppressive regimes or have their rights held in a perilous state. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.
After arriving in New York in the 1950s, George Soros quickly abandoned his initial plan to seek a short stay to build a personal fortune and return to Europe in favor of the life of a U.S. citizen. Living in the heart of the 1960s counter culture in New York’s Greenwich Village allowed George Soros the chance to learn about different political views and brought him into contact with many different thinkers and ways of thinking that led to Soros becoming one of the leading liberal figures of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Among the causes taken up by George Soros have been the fight to legalize drugs and a fight for greater levels of immigration.