George Soros is not your typical billionaire. Forbes estimates he is worth $25.2 billion as of 2017. Another remarkable fact about Soros is that he started as a refugee. He fled his native Hungary following the Second World War when the Soviet Union took over. Soros worked his way through college as a waiter and railway porter in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the London School of Economics and went to work at a merchant bank.
Soros moved to the United States in the early 1950s. After settling in New York, he began his career as a stock and currency trader on Wall Street. Soros started his own hedge fund in 1969 with $12 million. He achieved an almost legendary status in 1992 when he shorted the British pound and scored a profit of over one billion dollars virtually overnight. Now in his 80s, George Soros no longer actively runs Soros fund Management. He remains committed to the many liberal causes that he has supported for decades. He is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
George Soros is a lightning rod for conservative criticism. This stems from his unapologetic liberal views and agenda. Discover the Networks says Soros is one of the most politically influential people alive. Three decades ago, Soros decided to put his liberal values into practice by using his wealth to start the Open Society Foundations. The worldwide network of Open Society organizations works to promote human right around the world. They also push for positive changes in education and health care. In Eastern Europe, Soros is especially committed to building democratic institutions. He is believed to have had a hand in the downfall of several communist regimes during the period when the Soviet Union was disintegrating.
Soros takes an active role in United States politics, although he has been less visible for several years. This appears to have changed. In 2016, he donated more than $25 million to the Hillary Clinton campaign and other Democratic candidates. In the wake of her loss to Republican Donald Trump, George Soros made an appearance at a meeting of the Democracy Alliance. The Alliance is a donor’s club founded by Soros in 2005. Soros and other Democrats and wealthy liberals discussed ways to respond to Donald Trump’s victory.